Cllr Matt Morrow helps pack bags for Easter
Cllr Matt Morrow helps pack bags for Easter

Published: Tuesday, 23rd March 2021

From food to fun, children and their families will be supported this half-term as the Royal Borough of Greenwich backs a number of Easter projects.

Free holiday meals will return as the council reinforces its commitment to making sure children in our borough have access to food all year round.  

And through a grant from the Department for Work and Pensions we will be providing funding for families on low incomes that can be spent on food and utilities over the two-week break.  

Using funding from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, we will also be providing bags filled with free activities such as bats, balls and skipping ropes – along with a tasty takeaway lunch - to encourage active play in youngsters and a healthy lifestyle. 

This is in addition to support being delivered by our Young Greenwich service and other community groups within the borough.  

Proving popular in February, we will once again be offering 4,300 delicious, nutritious Take and Make boxes to secondary school students and youth groups.  

Councillor Matt Morrow, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Support for children in Royal Greenwich isn’t stopping just because it is not term time.  

“The end of this horrid period is now in sight, but we know that many families continue to struggle with the impact of the pandemic. 

“We have a number of vital initiatives in place this Easter that will help families. We’re committed to our goal of ending child food poverty, and we will always provide as much support as we can outside the school term.” 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “I am incredibly proud of the schemes on offer this Easter holiday as we know from previous demand how important this work is.  

“While there is still a long way to go in fixing these issues, we will strive to make sure that no child goes hungry in our borough.” 

Click here for more information on our holiday meals.