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Preventing holiday hunger and keeping kids active over summer

Preventing holiday hunger and keeping kids active over summer

We were among those who helped the Urban Outreach charity to provide Bolton Lunches for school age children, so no school meals during the summer break meant no problem for families.

We pitched in to prepare food and drink lunch packs at the Humanitarian Hub on the Greenworks site that we share with Urban Outreach at Trinity Retail Park. And every weekday we handed out packs from collection sites across neighbourhoods.

Overall, a whopping 75,773 lunches were given out in six weeks. Our thanks and gratitude to everyone who took part.


Wondering why we do this ?

We’re one of the organisations that make-up The Bolton Family. This is anaward winning group of public, private, charitable and voluntary organisations working together to make Bolton a strong, vibrant and prosperous place to live. You’ll see Bolton Family members supporting Bolton Lunches each summer, and the Christmas Dinner on Jesus campaign each winter.

So, we support Bolton Lunches as an organisation and as individuals to make holiday times a bit easier for families.

With Bolton Lunches, many of us feel it’s important to take some time out of our schedules, early in the morning or over lunchtimes, to help local children stay healthy and happy.

Research has shown that the school holidays can be pressure points for some families and it can lead to a holiday experience gap for some children, with some:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities,
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health,
  • more likely to experience social isolation.

This is also why, through our Community Engagement Team, we usually get involved in running free holiday activities too. We’ve supported thousands of children and their families with things to do and food to enjoy over Easter, summer, and Christmas school holidays.

Opportunities to support vital community-focused projects, such as Bolton Lunches, are offered as part of your employment with us. This is because of the positive impact and benefits to our communities, charitable partners and you. It supports our organisation’s social purpose and can provide new experiences, skills and knowledge on an individual level.

For more information on our vacancies and employee benefits, head over to our jobs page