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.