Recycling Lives tackling 'holiday hunger'

Recycling Lives is helping families this half term, delivering thousands of meals to tackle ‘holiday hunger’.

Our Food Redistribution Centre is delivering food to 20 extra groups across the city this week, helping them provide meals for families who struggle financially during school holidays.

Last year we distributed an additional 19,410 meals during summer, Christmas and half term holidays.

Now community groups and schools across Preston are taking extra deliveries to get food to families.

Food Redistribution Centre manager Jeff Green said: “School holidays should be a happy time for families to enjoy making memories together. Unfortunately for some they come with added stress around putting extra meals on the table. We’re really glad we can help groups to support families and make sure children stay well nourished.” 

The national issue of ‘holiday hunger’ has been highlighted in recent years as children miss out on free school meals, putting extra strain on low-income families needing to buy extra food on stretched budgets.

Larches and Savick Community Association shared some of the food with 30 families in Ashton-on-Ribble.

Emma Caffrey, secretary of the Association, said: “We wanted to help our community. The families who come are really positive about it – it means they can spend their money on a day out instead. It’s good quality food too and some of it’s a real treat they couldn’t normally afford.”

All food supplied by the Centre would have otherwise gone to waste or incineration from supermarkets. We take the surplus goods from food suppliers and supermarkets to distribute to community groups, preventing food from becoming waste and helping groups to work with vulnerable communities.

Run as part of the national FareShare network, our Centre delivers food to hundreds of groups across Lancashire and Cumbria year-round, putting on additional deliveries during the school holidays.