A multi million investment from the council will see thousands of children across the Bradford district benefit from free meals and activities.

The council has secured a £2.8million grant from the Department of Educations Holiday Activity and food program to provide healthy meals for children on benefits related free school meals during this year’s Easter, Summer and Christmas school breaks.

The council is currently working with charities, businesses, social enterprises across the region to deliver the meals. So far, more than 80 organisations have received grant funding to deliver support which will focus on creative and physical activities as well as support.

Following COVID 19 safety guidelines some organisations will be able to offer face to face activities. Others, meanwhile, will focus on home activities and food parcels.

“The pandemic is making life tough for low income families right now and school holidays can be a real pressure point because of increased costs, such as food and childcare,” said Councillor Imran Khan. “So, we are pleased to be able to offer this extra level of support to families who need it, ensuring children and young people get access to nutritious food and fun, healthy activities.

“Again, we are linking up with many wonderful community organisations we have in our district. This partnership working helps us to reach those in need in our diverse communities. It is an approach that worked well over the February half-term and the Christmas break.”
To find out what support is available, you can talk to your school who can help you out.