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Filling the Holiday Gap

Guiding points for organisations providing community holiday time meals for children


Our vision is to ensure no child goes hungry during the school holidays

Our mission is to support communities with a framework for providing good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes.

Download APPG Holiday Hunger Report 2015


The 10 key areas to check when developing programmes that deliver food and enrichment activities during school holiday periods to address the holiday hunger gap:

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Why your organisation wants to deliver holiday meals? – Consider your understanding of local children and young people’s nutritional and wellbeing needs and the ethos of other groups you may wish to partner with.

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Have you agreed leadership for your project that has clear lines of responsibility to staff and volunteers, partners and funders? Consider who is best to lead your project and what useful skills you will need to make it successful

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Have you worked out a budget for your project? Assess your capacity in relation to community need and work out what your project can realistically do. Timetable what you will need by way of resources and when. Consider how your project may align to existing statutory services including health and education

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Have you contacted the right partners to help refer and deliver? Get in touch with schools, family support teams, agencies such as public health and your local council teams, organisations, food suppliers and individuals that can help short, medium and long term with your project. Formalise their support and agree referral routes. Consider working with existing programmes

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Have you the right policies in place that protect your project and the children that will be in your care? Ensure you have the correct policies in place for working with vulnerable children and families. These may include - health and safety, food hygiene, child protection, confidentiality, safe guarding, and public insurance. Also make sure your activities are compliant with Ofsted /HMI/HSC/Estyn requirements when working with children. Safe w