School might be out for the summer but the school meals are still being provided in Plymouth thanks to the return of CATERed’s Big Summer Food Tour.
The holiday hunger initiative is now in its fourth year and plans to serve more than 4,500 free bagged lunches over the summer, across the city, by volunteer CATERed staff.
“The Big Summer Food Tour will help to make sure that some children who would normally receive free school meals aren’t missing out when school’s out. It’s our way of making sure children don’t go hungry in the holidays,” says Anne-Marie Sowden, commercial operations manager for CATERed.
“Last year we had children waiting for us to arrive. There’s a real need for us to support low income families through the summer holidays. It’s an expensive time and the thought of children going hungry in today’s society because family budgets are so stretched motivates us to do what we can to help. Our staff feel incredibly passionate about looking out for the city’s children, who they see every day during term time.”
CATERed will give out over 300 bagged lunches on each of its tour dates on a first come, first served basis, while activities tied into the scheme will include free face painting and a ‘Lunch at the Library’ initiative with the councils’ library service where children can access books, IT activities and the Summer Reading Challenge. It will see CATERed deliver meals to all 12 libraries in Plymouth.
Food is provided free of charge by the school catering cooperative’s local and regional suppliers.
“We’d like to thank Tamar Fresh, Scorse, Bidfood UK, Bunzl and Pasta King for providing all the food again this year and our amazing staff who have given up some of their summer holiday for the Tour,” said Brad Pearce, managing director for CATERed. “It’s a fantastic team effort and by joining together in true cooperative spirit we can provide even more children with a free delicious healthy lunch this summer.”
The tour will run throughout August and today (8th August) will be a Lunch at the Library session, before visiting Ridgeway Shopping Centre tomorrow.