Our friends at Make Lunch are celebrating their fifth birthday this year. The organisation was started by Rach Warwick back in 2011 after she saw a documentary called Poor Kids. Rach learnt that school holidays are not just a break from the classroom. For many, they are also a break from hot meals. And she decided to do something about it. At school more than 1.2 million pupils who may otherwise go without are eligible to receive free school meals. Outside of term time though, free school meals are not available and many pupils are left without regular hot food. This is where MakeLunch comes in. During school holidays, their network of community groups open Lunch Kitchens across the UK to provide free, healthy, cooked food for pupils who usually receive free school meals. We're really proud to support their work. You can read more about how we do that here.
It's not just about food though. What strikes me whenever I visit Lunch Kitchens around the UK is the sense of community between volunteers, parents and kids, and the fun that everyone is having. Poverty doesn't just cause hunger - it can also create a sense of isolation and stigma. So I was delighted to read five stories about how being part of the Make Lunch family has changed this for five children.
Happy birthday to everyone at Make Lunch.