Scheme to save children from holiday hunger

The Make Lunch team take a break from washing up PNL-151011-113212001
The Make Lunch team take a break from washing up PNL-151011-113212001
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A new scheme helped beat back the hunger for local children during half term.

Make Lunch is a national project which provides a free lunch to families who normally rely on a free school meal as their main meal.

This half term, a group led by St Mark’s Church opened their first Make Lunch kitchen in Greenleys Junior School.

The projectwas born when the group read the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report, which states that one in five children across the city are trapped in poverty.

Project leader Vicki Offin, said: “That is a shocking statistic, but of course it is not just a statistic, it is a child going hungry and a parent gutted at not being able to feed their kids.

“As soon as they heard about it, MK Foodbank, Morrisons and Tesco all agreed to provide food for the lunches and were incredibly helpful.”

Greenleys business manager Jacqueline McManus said: “We recognise that hunger during school holidays is a big issue for many families.

“The Make Lunch initiative is a step closer to solving the problem.”