Community projects in West Leeds have benefited from the latest slice from a £150,000 funding pot children to have healthy, happy holidays that will increase learning and opportunities.
Leeds Community Foundation – in partnership with Leeds City Council and Jimbos Fund – has funded more than 40 projects across the city to support locally-based activities across the most deprived areas.
For every project delivered a child will receive a healthy and nutritious cooked meal or packed lunch as part an activity.
The Holiday Hunger campaign launched in November. With over 30,000 schoolchildren affected in Leeds by holiday hunger, an increasing number of families are struggling to meet the costs of feeding their children during the holidays, which has a huge detrimental impact on children’s mental and physical wellbeing and a knock-on effect on their life chances.
Projects receiving funding from Leeds Community Foundation’s Healthy Holiday Grants Scheme include: Bramley Baths, Christ Church Armley, Dance Action Zone Leeds, New Wortley Community Association and Swallow Hill Community College.
Pip Goff, Grants and Programme Director at Leeds Community Foundation said
“We have funded a fantastic range of activities from local projects who know the need in their community. They will be offering dance, craft, sport and cooking alongside a healthy and nutritious cooked meal or packed lunch as part of the activity. We have seen some fantastic new connections and partnerships as a result of this funding.
“We have been able to support over 4,500 schoolchildren in the city as a result of the Holiday Hunger Campaign. Having had such a positive impact in such a short space of time, we must continue to build this momentum and Leeds Community Foundation is continuing to seek ongoing funds for the Holiday Hunger Campaign through donors and businesses in Leeds so we can help even more schoolchildren across the city.”
Leeds Community Foundation connects people who want to make a real difference to the city.