Alliance forms to support holiday programmes
Since the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) was announced, an alliance of organisations has formed to help local authorities (LAs) make the most of the funding provided.
In November 2020, the Government announced HAF 2021, with up to £220 million available for LAs to coordinate ‘healthy food and enriching activities’ during this year’s Easter, summer and Christmas holidays.
Since then, the HAF Alliance has been formed by sixteen not-for-profits, who have experience working to alleviate food poverty and inactivity.
The HAF Alliance aims to help LAs who have been stretched by the pandemic and may not have previously delivered the kind of provision that HAF requires. It provides free access to research and best practice from years of experience implementing and evaluating HAF programmes.
Over the past year we have seen how important it is for families to continue receiving support outside of term-time. We welcome the additional funding from the Government and the emphasis on healthy food. The Alliance recommends that LAs make the programmes available to all children, echoed by Henry Dimbleby.
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