St Matthews Children’s Action Group, Leicester | An #ActiveAte case study

10 July 2019

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St Matthews Children’s Action Group receives regular deliveries of healthy snacks and food from FareShare East Midlands over the summer. It’s part of a network of nine free, open access holiday play projects across the city of Leicester which, last year, served up a total of 32,000 meals.

The St Matthews Children’s Action Group is just one of many schemes across the country that helps to ensure that, when the safety net of free school meals is taken away over the holidays, children can still enjoy a nutritious, healthy lunch and snack, as well as plenty of exciting activities.

Project lead Kuljit Singh Walia, says: “We’re facing funding cuts across the board and using FareShare’s food saves us a pretty penny. We’ve been on the same budget for over 20 years, and our costs are increasing. This food means that we can afford to run our activities, like football and arts and crafts, and keep it free for the kids.”
“It would be difficult to give the children healthy food without FareShare – fruit and veg is so important. When the fruit comes out it goes quickly. We’re located in an area of high deprivation and many families are struggling. We’ve identified a need in our community and FareShare allows us to alleviate that problem by providing children with healthy food, particularly fruit. Some of the kids don’t get fruit anywhere else except here and at school.

“You can’t play out on the street anymore like we used to, but this staffed adventure playground gives children the chance to play, socialise and take part in activities with friends and to be outdoors exploring instead of sitting inside playing videogames.”

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“It would be difficult to give the children healthy food without FareShare – fruit and veg is so important. When the fruit comes out it goes quickly. We’re located in an area of high deprivation and many families are struggling.”