Pilot project to make free lunches available during the school holidays

 16 June 2017  |  

The pilot will provide healthy packed lunches for children taking part in a range of summer activities.

The pilot will provide healthy packed lunches for children taking part in a range of summer activities.

Hundreds of children in Ayr North and Girvan are set to get free lunches during the summer holidays as part of a wider activity programme. A pilot project has been approved by South Ayrshire Council, following a public petition calling for extra measures to be put in place.

In July 2016, a petition was lodged by St Paul's Justice and Peace group for the Council to provide free meals in local communities during the holiday period for children who are entitled to free school meals.

Last summer St Columba's Church in Ayr provided sandwich lunches. This year, a six-week pilot project will be open to all children in the pilot project areas. This will begin at the end of June. An application for £10,000 is now being made for South Ayrshire Council's allocation of funds from the Lintel Trust, with the money expected to cover the costs.

Ayr North: The Council will work in partnership with St Columba's Church in Lochside to provide up to 500 healthy packed lunches daily for those children and young people taking part in the Council's summer activity programme and some third sector activities.

Girvan: The Council will use a mixture of in-house and external catering staff to provide healthy packed lunches for up to 70 children and young people taking part in Council summer programme activities and some activity organised by Girvan Youth Trust.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said, "We're committed to delivering for communities across South Ayrshire and this new project is a great example of looking at new ways of working to help give our children the brightest possible future.

"Tied into existing activities taking part this summer, this additional support will help feed and nurture our children and young people, at a time when many families struggle to make ends meet.

"I'm sure this positive pilot will be warmly welcomed, with the move set to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people this summer."

A report outlining the impact of the project is scheduled to go before Councillors in September 2017.