Reaching children at risk of hunger during the Covid-19 crisis

4 June 2020

Charity Rackets Cubed works with schools to provide after-school activities, such racket sports, coding and maths classes, to children and young people in disadvantaged areas. They also offer hot healthy meals, using food supplied by FareShare, as many of the children they support are at risk of hunger or malnutrition. Although the charity started in London it now runs projects in Birmingham, Leeds, Hull and Nottingham, and typically supports 400 children a week.

When the schools closures were announced, Rackets Cubed wanted to ensure that, with no access to free school meals, the children they support would not be at risk of going hungry. They decided to create weekly food boxes for local families – again, using food from FareShare. As well as plenty of healthy food, the ‘Community Boxes’ also contain hygiene products, books and activities. After just three weeks, boxes are now being sent to over 250 families.

Michael, Founder and Chairman of Rackets Cubed, says: “FareShare has been amazing, and we are going to shout that out loud. On the first day we gave the Community Box to families we saw parents bursting into tears because they could give food to their kids. That’s when we knew we were making a real difference.”