Families throughout Trafford will have access to a wide range of holiday food projects and support this Easter thanks to a grant from Trafford Housing Trust.

The £90,000 grant for the Active Appetites programme will support 14 different projects throughout the borough, providing much-needed lunches, hot meals, food hampers and vouchers during this year’s school holidays, starting at Easter.  It takes the total grants awarded to local groups to over £220,000 across nearly 50 projects since the scheme started in 2019.

The 2021 Active Appetites programme will provide 12,000 lunches and meals for children, 3,550 hampers of food for families and 1,630 activity packs.  It is running in partnership with Trafford Council’s Summer of Sports, which provides activities during the Easter and summer holidays.

Support is available in Sale, Flixton, Partington, Old Trafford, Stretford, Urmston, Broomwood, Broadheath and Oldfield Brow in Altrincham.  Families can find their nearest food support provider by visiting http://socialinvestment.traffordhousingtrust.co.uk/news-events/news/active-appetites-projects-2021/

Larry Gold, CEO of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “This has been an incredibly challenging 12 months for all of us, but in particular for those families struggling with children that have been in and out of school so often.  With schools now open to all students it’s vital that we help families during the holidays, and by providing funding and teaming up with these great schools and organisations we hope to make the rest of this year a little easier.”

Trafford residents struggling at any time, especially in relation to getting food or medication or feeling isolated, can get practical help from Foodbank/Trafford Assist: call the helpline on 0300 330 9073 and choose option four for Trafford, or use a webchat service at www.casort.org