The Covid emergency has lifted the lid on the extent of food poverty among families on low incomes. The PLATE UP campaign aims to tackle the rising rate of hunger experienced by the most vulnerable families in school holidays and beyond.
We launched the Plate Up campaign in 2019 to provide children in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) with a free daily lunch in the school holidays. We ran Holiday Hunger Clubs where children received a free hot lunch plus fun activities such as sports, crafts, and music as well as cookery. There were also activities and outings for the whole family.
The Covid-19 emergency meant we had to change the way we ran ‘Plate Up’. Instead, we delivered ‘Summer Sessions’ in the holidays operating under Covid-compliant conditions. Activities moved outdoors as far as possible, and children were given a packed lunch or a takeaway picnic tea.
Marcus Rashford campaign
Since then all our Oasis food projects have been overwhelmed with demand. Footballer, Marcus Rashford, ran a very welcome campaign convincing the Government to provide vulnerable families with food vouchers. However, new families are now finding themselves in food poverty and needing support from food banks and community pantries.
We will therefore keep our Plate Up campaign alive and will continue to run school holiday lunch clubs throughout 2021
How you can help
You can support young people all across the UK by donating as little as £5 today. Your £5, the price of a lunch, will ensure that one child in need has access to our holiday club and a nutritional meal this summer.
Donate by texting PLATEUP to 70085* to give £5. You can donate up to £20 by text. Any donations above £20 need to be made online using the donate button.
*Texts cost your donation amount plus your standard rate message cost.