Government fund opens to test a coordinated approach to holiday provision with food in England

12 December 2018

There is increasing awareness of the issue of children being at risk of hunger during the school holidays and a growing response from a wide range of organisations. The Department for Education is piloting a coordinated reponse in nine council areas in England.

The Department for Education is inviting organisations to bid for grant funding to take on the role of testing the coordination of free holiday provision (including healthy food and enriching activities) for disadvantaged children during the 2019 summer holidays in up to 9 upper-tier local authorities. Up to £9m is available in 2019-20. The Department aims to test a more efficient and joined-up approach to free holiday provision for disadvantaged children. The Department intends to fund nine projects overall including one project from each of the following regions: East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, North West, West Midlands, South West and South East. Find out more about the Department for Education funding

Sustain would be keen to know if any alliances and partnerships from the Food Power and Sustainable Food Cities intend to apply and could offer support. We would be particularly keen to support applications which include commitments to share their learning with the Food Power and Sustainable Food Cities networks. Contact to discuss your application.


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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