Sidcup's Saxon Community Centre is providing free meals for school children during holidays
PUBLISHED: 09:54 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:54 04 August 2017
The hub is taking part in the Mayor's Fund for London Kitchen Social programme
Saxon Community Centre in Sidcup is one of a number of hubs across London providing free meals for hungry school children during the summer holidays.
Delivered as part of the Mayor’s Fund for London Kitchen Social programme, it’s one of 34 hubs across 16 boroughs ensuring attendees not only receive a meal, but also offers young people the opportunity to get involved in preparation of food and learn life skills linked to shopping and budgeting that will help them otherwise.
Kitchen Social is part of a three-year £2m campaign to identify and support 330 community organisations across London to create a healthy food and social development offer during the school holidays.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It is unacceptable for any child in our great city to ever experience hunger or social isolation. Equally, it is not right that in a city as rich as ours, some parents are having to skip meals themselves to feed their children as they cannot afford a decent meal.
“Preventing young Londoners from going hungry during the holidays is a challenge that can be overcome by bringing together communities across the capital to look out for some of the city’s most disadvantaged children.
“Kitchen Social programme will help to tackle food inequality and provide London’s youngsters with healthy meals over th holidays, allowing them to flourish upon their return to school.”
The Mayor’s Fund is supporting the introduction the School Holidays (meals and activities) Bill being put forward by Frank Field MP.
The bill would give local authorities the duties and the resources they need to facilitate the delivery of programmes that provide free meals and activities for children who would otherwise go without.
Matthew Patten, Mayor’s Fund for London chief executive, said: “Food is a basic human right. If a child is assessed as needing support while at school their needs should not be ignored in the holiday period, when all the good work at school can be undone.
“We feel that all UK parliaments should follow the example set by Wales and set aside funding to address the issue of holiday hunger and food insecurity and we would like to see central government explore the creation of a statutory responsibility for the issue.”