Families throughout Trafford will have access to a wide range of holiday food projects and support this Christmas thanks to a grant from Trafford Housing Trust.
The £10,000 grant for the Active Appetites project will mean seven different schools and community groups throughout the borough will be able to provide much-needed lunches, hot meals, food hampers and vouchers during the two-week holidays. It takes the total for Active Appetites grants awarded to local groups to over £85,000 for the year.
Support is available in Sale, Flixton, Urmston, Partington, Stretford, Old Trafford and Altrincham, and families can find their nearest winter food support provider by calling the helpline on 0300 330 9073.
Lesley Fraser, Vice Chair of The Toy House in Flixton and Urmston, said: “The Toy House is providing hampers of long-life food to families on low incomes in our local area for the Christmas school holidays. Last Christmas we were amazed at how others wanted to help us so we actually doubled our number of hampers, plus through toy and money donations we were able to give each child a toy and some treats.
“The same has happened again this year and thanks to Trafford Housing Trust and our local community this week 66 bags of food plus toys and treats will be handed to local health visitors and schools to give to needy families.”
Larry Gold, CEO of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “The last two years have been incredibly challenging for most of us, and this Christmas will be very difficult for families struggling to put food on the table. By providing funding and teaming up with these great community-focused organisations we hope that we can take away some of the challenges facing families to ensure they can have the best winter break possible.”
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