Make Lunch

School holidays are not just a break from the classroom. For many, they are also a break from hot meals.

For the thirteen weeks of school holidays this year, many pupils in the UK will not eat a hot meal each day. At school more than 1.2 million pupils who may otherwise go without are eligible to receive free school meals. Outside of term time though, free school meals are not available and many pupils are left without regular hot food.

This is where TLG Make Lunch comes in. During school holidays, our network of partner churches open lunch clubs across the UK to provide free, healthy, cooked food for pupils who usually receive free school meals. We believe that every child deserves to eat a cooked meal every day. 

Since Make Lunch began, we've cooked and served over 50,000 meals in more than 100 locations in England, Scotland and Wales. All our Kitchens are run by volunteers who believe that even just one meal for one child could make a huge difference.

We are also working to eradicate holiday hunger on a national scale as part of the APPG for School Food’s Holiday Hunger Task Force. If you’re in to social media, you can search using the hashtag for updates #fillingtheholidaygap. 

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Things had got so bad that my daughter's school had put things in place for us over the school holidays. One of the things we were told about was the Make Lunch club at the Baptist church in town. Make Lunch has turned out to be a lifesaver for us – a complete godsend. - Joanne, mum of one

Our vision is to see TLG Make Lunch clubs transforming the lives of struggling children and families in all four corners of the UK. To explore whether your church could run a TLG Make Lunch club, begin the journey today by making an enquiry. Just click the button below!

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