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NHDC funding helps Letchworth food project feed local families

28 June 2021
Make Lunch Letchworth food and activity bags from Christmas 2020

PR Date: Monday, 28 June 2021 - 3:00pm

A volunteer project that provides food to families in Letchworth has received funding following a recommendation from North Herts District Council’s (NHDC) Letchworth Committee*.

Make Lunch Letchworth received £940 towards the cost of food and educational activities for 32 families in the town who are selected via local schools. Food and activities will be distributed during school holidays and will assist families whose children receive free school meals and find themselves struggling during those times.

The main part of the project will focus on cooking sessions that will be taught via YouTube if families are not able to meet with project staff due to coronavirus restrictions. The cooking sessions will focus on how to provide balanced, healthy meals and all ingredients are provided.

Pre-pandemic, families would meet to enjoy shared healthy meals and for social interaction. Since then, the project has adapted to being online and recipe boxes are taken to the doors of families who are taking part.

Families also benefit from a range of stimulating, fun activities that are provided by the project for children to enjoy.

The Make Lunch idea is a national project run by charity ‘Transforming Lives for Good’. The Letchworth project is being run by the New Life Church in the town centre, in partnership with St Pauls Church, Kings Community Church, Central Methodist Church and Norton Methodist Church.

Cllr Judi Billing, NHDC’s Executive for Community Engagement said, “The support that Make Lunch Letchworth provides to families in Letchworth is incredibly important and we are really pleased to support their work. Not only does the project help to feed children during school holidays but it provides healthy, nutritional food options. We wish them all the best with their future work.”

Elaine Carr from Make Lunch Letchworth said, “We rely completely on donations and grants, and are so pleased to receive this money in time for our busy summer programme. Throughout the school holidays, we will be delivering recipe boxes with fun and creative activities for the children, and also running a weekly, in-person Lunch Club. We are so proud to be part of this project that helps feed tummies and minds in our local community!”

To find out more about Make Lunch Letchworth go to the Make Lunch Letchworth Facebook page. 

More information on our Community Grants can be found on our Community Grants webpage.

*As the meeting was held virtually, the grant was officially awarded by a delegated decision on 24 June 2021

Photograph: Food and activity bags distributed in December 2020 by Make Lunch Letchworth