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THURROCK LUNCH CLUB

Thurrock Lunch Club (TLC) provides free, hot and nutritious meals to eligible children and their families during school holidays. Eligible families include those accessing Free School Meals (FSM) in term time or on otherwise low incomes. TLC is part of a national initiative, MakeLunch, who partner with local churches to fill the holiday hunger gap.

“The research by Kellogg’s reveals that 39 per cent of teachers say there are pupils in their school that do not get enough to eat over the school holidays. Of this 39 per cent, more than a third (36 per cent) of teachers notice children coming back after the holidays with signs of weight loss and 77 per cent have seen a noticeable difference in their readiness to learn when they return for the new term.” Trussell Trust Report on holiday hunger, August 2014

We work with five feeder schools across Grays and Stifford Clays, Thurrock Foodbank and other agencies to reach those most at need. These organisations invite eligible families they’re in touch with to join Thurrock Lunch Club for the school holidays. Since July 2014, we’ve also been able to help families with transport via our minibus pick-up service.

Since TLC was launched in 2012, more than 60 volunteers have cooked and served over 1500 meals to children and their families, with just under 1000 of these being served in 2014 alone. So far, more than 150 children have accessed the project.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROJECT

In Autumn 2013 we partnered with TLG, the education charity, to become an early intervention centre.

The aim of the early intervention project is to reduce isolation and exclusion from school for at risk children. Volunteers are trained as behaviour coaches to go into schools and support primary and early secondary school aged children, who may be struggling to cope with issues beyond their control such as bullying and family breakdown. Issues such as these can often make school a difficult place for children to cope with.

Children excluded from school are four times more likely than their peers, to end up in prison. Study by Edinburgh University, 2013