Following a successful pilot programme during the Easter holidays, a holiday food and activity programme in Hertfordshire has been extended across four weeks of the summer holidays.
Fit, Fed and Read, which is run by the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) and where food is provided by Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL), was trialled at two fire stations in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield over the Easter holidays and will now be extended to six Hertfordshire fire stations at Stevenage, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Borehamwood, Hatfield and Cheshunt.
The programme will run until 23rd August and will provide a healthy meal, as well as sport and physical activity and a literacy programme.
“We’re proud to continue supporting the Fit, Fed and Read programme, in partnership with our suppliers Bidfood and Histon Produce, after a successful pilot scheme in the spring,” said Ian Hamilton, CEO of HCL.
“Holiday hunger is a huge issue around the nation, with more and more research showing some children do not get the same nutritious food during their holidays as they do at school. We hope this programme will help to work towards addressing these issues in Hertfordshire.”
As well as providing daily meals, HCL will run interactive sessions for the children to learn about healthy eating choices and experience making exotic fruit smoothies using a smoothie bike.