Healthy Holidays is now in its third year – tackling the holiday hunger, holiday inactivity and holiday isolation faced by some of the poorest children in Leeds, and often their families, too. Leeds Community Foundation delivers this programme with support from Leeds City Council, and from local food and activity partners.
This summer, community groups, schools and some Leeds City Council Community Hubs will be delivering a range of range of fun and engaging activities alongside nutritious food and meals, with delivery modified to align with Covid-19 safety requirements.
Are you interested in delivering a Healthy Holidays programme? This useful guide summarises some of the key considerations:
This summer a useful families information sheet has also been created to provide links to family activities, online cooking videos and other useful information:
The following resources have been provided by Healthy Holiday partners for groups and families to use.
Family Food – Working together to improve food access for families
Change4Life £15 Weekly Shopping Lists & Menus
Catering Leeds recipe cards
Inkwell Arts have provided Vegan & Veggie Kids Menus & Shopping Lists
Where to look for other useful tools and resources:
- The Healthy Start scheme may help your family get free milk, fruit & vegetables, and vitamins if you claim certain benefits. Phone 0345 607 6823. Or apply online: https://www.healthystart.nhs.ukIf your family is struggling to access food, Leeds has an Emergency Food Referral Scheme. To access this, call the council helpline: 0113 378 1877 Or for online information about food support services, see the Leeds Food Aid Network website.The Leeds Money Information website (Leeds MIC) has links to agencies nationally and in Leeds that offer free, independent, confidential help and advice on where to access food support, advice on money, debt, budgeting, reducing bills and affordable loans. Please visit http://www.leedsmic.org.uk
Free School Meals
- Families who are entitled to free school meals will receive a voucher equivalent to £15 per week to spend on food in a range of supermarkets as part of the new Covid Summer Food Fund. These vouchers should have been issued to families by their child/children’s school.If someone would like to find out if they are entitled to free school meals they can go online to check the eligibility criteria or apply at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/council-tax-and-benefits/free-school-meals or call the Council Tax and Benefits helpline on 0113 222 4404.
Leeds School Uniform Exchange
If your child has outgrown their uniform, or if you’re looking to buy for the new term ahead, please take part in the Leeds Uniform Re-use scheme. Zero Waste Leeds have launched a Facebook Group – Leeds School Uniform Exchange to connect families, schools and community groups into a city wide scheme to donate, exchange and be part of a school uniform re-use project. The aim of this scheme is to help save the environment and reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill. To find out more please join the Facebook Group, check out the map for schemes in your area and download the Inspiration Guide here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/603050533660854
This letter has been written as a tool for families and organisations to encourage their local supermarkets to support families to make healthy choices and use their limited budgets well over the summer holidays.