As London’s largest holiday provision provider, we know that food insecurity affects young people in complex and detrimental ways. We also know that young people are not always able to take advantage of holiday provision. In response to the unique demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kitchen Social created ‘Take & Make’ – an innovative way
Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun
We’re excited to finally share the news that we have joined forces with Lambeth and Southwark Councils to provide an extended programme of holiday food and activity this summer.
Beginning on 22 July, the ‘Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun’ programme will ensure that children and young people (aged 4-19 years), their families and/or carers are able to access a regular source of free nutritious meals over the summer, whether at a local club or at home, and join an array of community activities including sports, theatre, arts and crafts and cooking.
In the event of continued lockdown, young people will be able to also access remote activities, which include food education and nutritional support, arts and crafts, literacy support, plus a wide range of physical activities.
Ruth Hutt, Director of Public Health and Integrated Disabilities Commissioning, London Borough of Lambeth, says: “We know that summer can be a challenging period for families juggling work and childcare, and that this period incurs additional expense for most. This summer will be particularly difficult for many families due to the impact of Covid-19. We are delighted to have an intensive summer programme of free activities, with nutritious meals, for children across the borough to support parents and ensure that children have a happy, memorable break.”
Cllr Evelyn Akoto, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Southwark, said: “Now more than ever we need to keep our young people entertained and educated about healthy habits. Encouraging healthy eating and providing a meal for some of our most vulnerable young people is a great way for them to stay healthy and active over the summer break and provides a lifeline to some families over the summer break.”
Speaking about the new partnership Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London, said: “Many young people in London are paying a devastating price for Covid-19 and, as a society, we have a duty to help. We are really pleased to be able to work more closely with Lambeth and Southwark to ensure holiday provision for all young people continues to be high quality, inclusive and sustainable.”
To receive the online brochure and take part in the ‘Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun’ programme, families can sign up via summeroffoodandfun.org.uk.
The dual-borough programme will be delivered by our network of local community organisations (‘hubs’), including schools, adventure playgrounds and youth clubs, that offer free meals and activities during school holidays through our Kitchen Social programme.
The initiative has supported over 122 holiday hubs across London, including 16 in Lambeth and seven in Southwark. We will work with Lambeth Council and Southwark Council to engage existing hubs and recruit new hubs across both boroughs. The intention is to have approximately 75 programmes for children of different ages and with different interests.
Over 149,000 meals delivered through our summer programme
Food insecurity and social isolation has become a reality for even more families in London due to the devastating economic impact of COVID-19. Our Summer of Food and Fun holiday provision programme, delivered in partnership with Lambeth and Southwark Councils and funded by the Department for Education, aimed to tackle these issues head on. Through
Announcing our competition winners!
To celebrate Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun coming to an end we launched a competition for young people to show us the fun activities they got up to over the summer. We had some amazing entries, but there could only be three winners! One of our winners was Prince, who sent in