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Council grant helps feed schoolchildren during holidays


With the holiday hunger gap a growing reality for many families in St Helens, a council backed project is stepping up its efforts to ensure children are fed properly when they’re out of school.

Free school meals can often mean the difference between a family getting by each month – or really struggling. And during the holidays – when there’s little or no provision – many children won’t be getting the nutrition they need.

But now, thanks to a £7,500 grant from the council, funding from Veolia Environmental Trust for a new kitchen and support from Cowley International College, St Helens Baptist Church, along with other churches, will be able to feed over 100 children a week this summer through the Make Lunch Kitchen project.

Rev Tim Haines from St Helens Baptist Church said: “As part of the national Make Lunch Kitchen network we have also welcomed and helped other churches in the town, such as the Christian Life Centre and the Anglican churches, to take on the project within their communities.

“The support from the council has been amazing and will help us to pay for food, resources and training.”

The St Helens Baptist Church Make Lunch Kitchen in Hall Street will be open Mondays and Fridays between 12noon and 2pm, during all school holidays.

There will be additional sessions on four consecutive Fridays, starting on 29 July, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at St Mark’s Gamble Hall, City Gardens, off Bishop Road, in St Helens.

Lunches will also be served at the Christian Life Centre kitchen in Atherton Street on Wednesdays between 12noon and 2pm – starting on 27 July for six weeks.

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