Yorkshire Cricket Foundation partnered with Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Brakes’ Meals & More Charity to ensure children who would normally rely on free school meals during term time did not go hungry during February half term.
In Leeds alone, 30,000 children go hungry during the school holidays, with around 20% of young people aged under 18 years living in Leeds classified as living in poverty. Since 2018, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) have delivered healthy holiday programme, Crick-EAT, which aims to use the power and brand of Yorkshire Cricket to deliver informal cricket coaching and a free packed lunch to all in attendance.
During February half term, the YCF and partners Leeds Rhinos Foundation delivered three days of cricket and rugby activity with a free lunch for all children involved which was kindly provided by Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Brakes’ Meals & More charity.
“As the official charity and community arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, we rely heavily on funding and support to deliver programmes that help those in greatest need out in Yorkshire’s communities. It has been a pleasure working with staff and volunteers at Sodexo, who have made it possible to deliver a programme that we know has a significant impact on those who attend.” – Beth Cook, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation
The Stop Hunger initiative was created by Sodexo in 1996 to support a variety of charities that help to tackle hunger and malnutrition, either through directly feeding vulnerable people, delivering education or skills training that equip individuals to improve their overall wellbeing and eating habits.
Fourteen members of staff from Sodexo kindly volunteered their time over three days to assist with the delivery of the healthy holiday’s programme, which provided over 80 meals to children from Hovingham Primary School in Harehills, Leeds.
“We look forward to working with Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation in the future to deliver programmes aimed at reducing holiday hunger.” – Beth Cook, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation
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