Plymouth’s Feast Of Fun At Home Going Ahead
The Feast of Fun initiative to help families in Plymouth and tackle food poverty will now take place in family homes thanks to grants from local charities and businesses.
Feast of Fun usually takes place during the school holidays with churches across the city providing free holiday clubs for children with a lunchtime meal included.
It had been feared it would not be able to take place this year because of the coronavirus restrictions and cuts to charity budgets.
But the Transforming Plymouth Together (TPT) charity, which organises Feast of Fun, has managed to secure new funding from the Devon Community Foundation and Western Power which will enable it to go ahead.
TPT has worked with churches in Plymouth to put together food hampers and “boredom buster” craft packs and activities for more than 65 families (around 250 adults and children). The new outreach has been dubbed Feast of Fun at Home.
A number of packs have already been delivered with more going out this week.
The Trussell Trust which runs foodbank across the UK has seen an 83% rise in demand since the lockdown began in March.
Research by the Food Foundation shows that 5 million families living in households with children have experienced food insecurity since restrictions started and more than 200,000 children have had to skip meals because their parents couldn’t access food.
Chris Forster, Development Manager for TPT, said:
“In these strange times it is right that churches step up and support their local communities. This really shows how we can respond to the needs of communities with God’s love in a very practical way.”
On Thursday Chris Foster will be at St Budeaux parish with volunteers as they prepare hampers and craft packs to go out to families.
Comments from families which already have received food hampers and Boredom Buster craft packs:
“The hampers are lovely – many thanks we really do appreciate them”
“To the team – You’re doing AMAZING work – thank you”
“Oh my goodness – the craft packs were amazing – the kids really loved them – it kept them entertained so thank you”
“The craft bags are a big help as we are finding it hard to get hold of paper and note pads for home learning!”
“The kids were well chuffed with the craft packs so thanks!”
“As for the art package the children received it has brought happiness to all our street as we made lots of cards for all.”
“Yes please, and the hamper is great, the craft pack is a good idea, and I especially like the recipes that was put in the first box.”
“We used some of the craft stuff to make bunting for VE Day”