Food and Fun schemes launched across Wales for the summer holidays
More Food and Fun schemes than ever will be run across Wales during the summer holidays, giving young people opportunities to socialise and enjoy healthy nutritious meals.
Six schools in Denbighshire are running the programme, offering places to 280 children. This is the 4th year the scheme has ran in Denbighshire with the biggest numbers so far. The schools are: –
Prestatyn High School
Rhyl High School
Ysgol Esgob Morgan
St Asaph VP Infants School
Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Denbighshire County Council’s lead member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement, said:
“I’m really pleased we are able to run these sessions in Denbighshire and it is encouraging to see numbers increasing.
“This project allows children get the best start in life and helps them to grow into independent and fulfilled adults, which is a priority for the Council under our Corporate Plan.”
Food and Fun is a school-based programme which is part funded by Welsh Government and co-ordinated by WLGA. The schemes are delivered locally by school staff and partners, providing healthy meals, food and nutrition education and physical activity to children in a fun social environment during the school summer holidays.
Since it was first piloted in 2016, the programme has grown rapidly year-on-year, with 4,200 pupils set to benefit from local schemes in their areas across Wales this summer. This means that 48% more pupils than last year will be benefitting from the opportunities provided by the programme this summer.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox (Newport), WLGA Spokesperson for Education said:
“I’m delighted that local government working in partnership with Welsh Government are able to support families at what can often be a challenging time over the summer holidays.
The Food and Fun programme is designed to bring positive outcomes for participating young people and their families by providing opportunities to socialise, learn and enjoy delicious nutritious meals. Its extraordinary growth in only three years clearly shows that these schemes are valued locally by communities, and I’m excited to see how this year’s programme will provide the young people taking part with life-enhancing experiences and opportunities.”
Kirsty Williams, Education Minister said:
“Working in partnership with the WLGA, our Food and Fun programme is helping to tackle food poverty, improve our children’s health and well-being, and helping some young people overcome social isolation during the school holidays.
“It’s great to see that more schools than ever across Wales will be running these schemes this year so that even more young people will benefit.”