York Food Poverty Alliance offering free summer holiday meals

There’s a lot to be proud of in York. The city is not only a beautiful place, filled with friendly people, but it boasts a booming tourism economy, high levels of education, and the fastest internet speeds in the UK. However, as great as York is, we have a growing problem of food poverty. In the past year, 4262 people had to visit a food bank; 1647 of those people were children. Fortunately, the York Food Poverty Alliance and several organisations across the city are working to tackle the problem.

Teaming up with the University of York, many community centres and venues are hosting a summer-long pay-as-you-feel cafe as part of the Food Poverty Alliance’s city-wide project. Designed to allow people to just turn up (so no lengthy referral process to follow) and pay what they can afford, the meals will be nutritious, tasty, and perfect for keeping kids’ tummies filled during the school summer holidays. The Red Tower, off Foss Islands Road, will host a cafe every Monday during the holidays, but other places throughout York will also have free food up for grabs on other days. These include Bellfarm Community Club on Tuesdays, Tang Hall Community Centre on Wednesdays, Chapelfields Community Hub on Thursdays, and Foxwood Community Hub on Fridays.

To find out more, email madeleine.power@york.ac.uk

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