Over 2,600 Gloucestershire children and their families will be given three days of meals each week during August, thanks to an exciting new partnership between The Venture: White City, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, Gloucester City Council, the GL4 Charity, Thomas Franks Feeding Communities and The King’s School, Gloucester.
Inspired by footballer Marcus Rashford’s high profile campaign, and funded by the Department for Education, the Holiday Activities and Food Programme will offer healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children throughout the summer in every local authority in England.
Gloucestershire’s innovative collaboration - in which each party brings their own skills, experiences and facilities to provide over 10,000 meals for Gloucestershire families - involves the use of The King’s School’s kitchen and catering equipment, Thomas Franks’ chefs and ingredients, financial support from the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, with activities co-ordinated and meals distributed by The Venture: White City.
George Skivington, Head Coach at Gloucester Rugby, is also supporting the project. With Gloucester Rugby being one of the most important focus points for the local community in the city, George was pleased to lend his support and discuss future plans. He joined the meeting as ideas were discussed to potentially extend the project further, including ‘cook-along’ videos, encouraging families to do more home cooking, as well as widening the range of activities on offer.
David Morton, Headmaster at The King’s School, commented, “As a longstanding part of the Gloucestershire community, King’s is very pleased to be able to support this initiative by acting as a hub to link these wonderful organisations together. We will offer our kitchens and campus free of charge to facilitate this essential project which offers a life-line to many Gloucester families over the holidays.”