Kitchen Social is funding and supporting 25 hubs in their holiday provision network to deliver an emergency response in the current crisis.

As a children’s charity, they are funding access to food for vulnerable young people at risk of food insecurity. The hubs are running different activities to meet this aim, including food hampers, hot meals and cols meals.

Some hubs are able to deliver food directly to households whilst others are organising collection in a responsible manner.

The criteria for funding is:

1.            Registered charity or non-profit organisation

2.            Serving children at risk of food insecurity (FSM or defined as low income via another measure such as Universal Credit)

3.            Based in an area of deprivation

4.            Producing and distributing food that meets school food standards

5.            Food hygiene certification and a health and safety policy

6.            Child safeguarding policy (which includes Covid-19 volunteers)

7.            Key staff hold DBS checks

8.            Public liability insurance

9.            Up to date risk assessment

10.          Promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and good nutrition where possible

The funding model is that they fund £6.25 per meal for a child up to £500 per week for the duration of the period that children are out of school. The grant is paid fortnightly.

The spend must be associated with the production and delivery of food but can include staff time, some core costs, PPE, and also up to 10% can be spent on activities for the children if that is appropriate.

They are hoping to be able to support additional organisations next week and want to ensure that, when the funding is made available, they can get it into communities very quickly.

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