Five local hubs set up to tackle holiday hunger in Camden

As part of Camden’s work to ensure residents have access to food during lockdown, the Council has provided over 442,500 meals to residents, 46,000 meals in schools and delivered 13,000 free school meal parcels to families alongside local charities, community groups and volunteers. Through the Camden Food Hub, Camden Council also organised a network between offers of food distribution and community organisations to distribute food to all areas of Camden and are continuing to work with voluntary and community sector (VCS) and local mutual aid groups to provide food parcels and other support to previously shielded residents who still need this support. More information on the food hubs:

Sidings Community Centre are offering 30 primary and secondary school aged young people in total access to their summer activities programme with the addition of two meals a day. The programme will run from 3 August for four weeks and will include sports and physical activity, arts and crafts, and trips. Sidings will also be offering families food packages.

SHAK / the ARC youth club are offering twelve secondary school aged young people per day access to their summer youth programme and two meals. The four-week summer youth programme will include a combination of onsite and off-site activities. Dragon Hall are offering 20 to 25 young people at transition age a place on their summer programme with the inclusion of two meals a day.

The summer programme is expected to include mostly outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and trips. The programme will run for four days a week over four weeks of the six-week holiday. QCCA are extending the food provision support they have been offering local families during the Covid-19 lockdown and will include youth activities for a small group in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

They expect to support up to 60 children and young people in total.

The Calthorpe Project are including two meals a day to their existing summer activities programme that takes place during the weekend.

For more details, please email polly.reynolds@islington.gov.uk or contact YCF.

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