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Hunger Doesn't Take A Holiday

There's an excited buzz about the city as the sun shines high and we gear up for our summer holidays....however the reality is quite different for many families as they struggle to find the extra cash to feed their children who rely on free school meals for the 6 week summer holiday.

 

25% of the child population (3.5 million) are living in poverty. Ahead of them are 6 weeks without a free school meal or breakfast clubs, or playtime – resulting for many in malnutrition and increased social isolation. For 1 in 4 kids summer can be a lonely and hungry time. In parts of Brighton the level of child poverty increases to 1 in 2 children living in poverty.

In Brighton during the school holidays there are 3 Chomp clubs offering a free healthy meal to low income families. We provide a fun friendly environment for families, offering advice on eating well, space for kids to play and for parents to get support. This summer we're looking for your help! Can you offer:

  • Time to volunteer during the school holidays:
    • Mondays we're looking for volunteer families to come along to the Level to join in with a picnic and games
    • Wednesdays to help with cooking, chatting with parents, entertaining kids - crafts and games (10.30 - 1.30) 
  • Creative Talent - Do you ooze with creativity that you could teach some children some drama, dance, music, art or sporting skills?
  • Fundraise - We rely on generous donations and grants. Can you help us raise our profile creating some hype about Chomp, create fundraising events/intiatives or assist with fundraising applications/ideas? 
  • Digital whizz kids - We'd like to set up a website, get PR coverage, enhance are social media profile, create a database. Get in touch if you can help with any of these.
  • Referrals - If you work with low income families and want to refer a family to Chomp email chomp@onechurchbrighton.org and we can send you the details
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Our three clubs run in Whitehawk, Moulsecoomb and Gloucester Place - we are looking to work with community groups across the city to set up more clubs and reach more families. 

 

Please do get in touch if you'd like to know more or if you have ideas of ways we can work together.