Hundreds of children took part in the summer pilot
Children in North Ayr and Girvan are set to benefit from a programme of healthy activities, with lunches provided, following a successful summer pilot. South Ayrshire Council has agreed to continue the programme for the October school break, ahead of a possible extension in summer 2018.
More than 7,500 healthy lunches were served up at activities taking place during a six-week period in summer 2017. The South Ayrshire Council pilot project was run in partnership with Lochside Mission, Glendoune Community Association, Girvan Youth Trust, Voluntary Action South Ayrshire, and Ayrshire Housing.
A second programme has now been approved that will see food prepared by the Council and delivered in the pilot areas to partners running activities. The scheme, running between Monday 16 and Friday 20 October, is expected to cost around £1,200.
Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said, "The feedback we had following the popular summer pilot was extremely positive, and I'm pleased to announce that we will be extending the programme into the October school holidays.
"By working closely with our partners we'll be supporting a range of activities taking place in Ayr North and Girvan while providing lunches, which is something that will help families.
"We're committed to helping families during the holidays and this latest programme is a great example of responding to an identified need in our community, and is one which I'm sure will be warmly welcomed."
A report outlining the impact of the project and its possible extension to other areas is scheduled to go before Councillors in March 2018.
The full report 'Evaluation of Holiday Lunches Pilot Programme' can be found here.