Nearly 100 Holiday Schemes funded across Bradford and Keighley this year

Feeding Bradford is a passionate and dedicated network of more than 40 organisations committed to ending hunger in the local community. The network aims to improve food crisis support, ensure that no child goes hungry over the school holidays, and raise awareness about the root causes of hunger amongst decision-makers.

Though we can't celebrate the increasing number of families in need of help during the school holidays, we can celebrate the hard work that many community organisations and food organisations have been doing for years now; this is at last being noticed and funded better. Storehouse and Fareshare have been supporting holiday schemes for the last 3 years, many community organisations have also been responding to their local need.

This year this has changed for many low income families in Bradford, Leeds and other areas of West Yorkshire, with just under 100 projects being funded by the Give Bradford Healthy Holiday fund (with money from the lottery and Morrisons amongst others) and TLG’s Department of Education Holiday Activities and Food programme.

Feeding Bradford has a membership exceeding 40 organisations which include charities, social enterprises, health providers, religious groups, housing associations, and community projects. The pilot sits within Wellsprings Together, and activities are coordinated by Cathy Henwood.

The local authority is actively involved, with public health officers assisting in project development, resourcing funding to sustain activities and food redistribution, and ensuring elected members are informed of Feeding Bradford’s work. The network meets on a quarterly basis with additional steering group meeting held as needed.

What we’ve achieved

  • Support for emergency food aid providers
  • Publication of free meal provision directories
  • Holiday food and fun programmes
  • Supporting the network and beneficiaries during the roll out of Universal Credit
  • Promotion of a “Cooking on a Budget” resources
  • Data collection to build a better picture of local food poverty
  • And much more

What’s next

Feeding Bradford plans to maintain and extend their network of support, scale up projects that fill gaps identified during the most recent data collection week, and better involve experts by experience in project development and operations.

For more information about the pilot and how to get involved please get in touch with Cathy Henwood at cathy.henwood@wellspringstogether.org.uk

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