Breakfast Boxes update
The schools might be out but we're still delivering our delicious Breakfast Boxes!
Since our Breakfast Boxes programme launched on 4 May, in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (GSTC), we have distributed a whopping 44,375 boxes of 443,750 nutritious breakfasts to school children in Lambeth and Southwark.
Each box is filled with two weeks’ worth of healthy breakfasts including fruit, wholemeal bread, baked beans, Weetabix and fresh milk.
“These boxes have been such a life line for parents, they have absolutely loved them” (Lambeth Assistant Headteacher)
But we could not have reached this scale without the incredible co-operation of 108 participating schools and 58 Kitchen Social Hubs, whose dedicated staff and volunteers have been organising, packing and distributing the boxes. And this programme is not just about the food. The breakfast boxes have also been a crucial way for teacher to keep in touch with families during these challenging times.
“The programme is an opportunity for schools and hubs to connect with families and children beyond food needs, particularly in the summer holidays” (Oval Cluster Lead)
We haven't stopped at breakfast. In partnership with Chefs in Schools (CIS), 4,241 lunch hampers filled with 84,820 lunches have been distributed to families across Lambeth and Southwark. These healthy hampers are a mixture of dry goods to cook such as rice and vegetables, combined with fresh meals from restaurant partners Mission Meals, Wahaca and Hawksmoor.
Delicious and diverse menus have been well received by families. In recent weeks, a range of healthy snacks provided by Mission Ventures have also gone down a treat as an added bonus in lunch hampers.
“Parents are so impressed with the quality of food, it tastes amazing and very culturally appropriate to all. So many are touched.” (Southwark Teacher)
Such a collaborative approach for both breakfast boxes and lunch hampers has only been made possible thanks to our funders, Guy’s and St.Thomas’ Charity.
In other news ...
New research from Children's Food Campaign and Food Active has revealed 9 in 10 parents would support the Government reviewing and expanding eligibility for free school meals to all children living in very low-income and food insecure families.
Over the last two weeks of the summer holidays, we're proud to have been able to provide stimulating food and outdoor activities for children at Willow Tree primary school.
We have submitted our response to the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiry into Public Sector Procurement of Food.