From a concerned community, Urban Outreach responded and Bolton Lunches was born. We mobilise hundreds of volunteers across our town to take care of others in their community. It’s also about working in partnership with churches, children’s centres and community venues to ensure no child goes hungry.
Children watched for the Bolton Lunches van to come onto the estate, and then ran out, shouting: ”Our lunch is here, our lunch is here!”
About Bolton Lunches
More than one in five school children are eligible for free school meals in Bolton due to low incomes – that’s 8,600 children! During the summer school holidays, these families face a six week struggle to find the money to feed their children.
What we do
In response to a concerned community in Bolton who wanted to help, we launched Bolton Lunches! In partnership with local children’s centres, churches, businesses, and an army of volunteers we make up packed lunches feeding thousands of individual children in the school summer holidays.
In the summer of 2016 over 150 volunteers assembled at 7.15am to make around 1500 lunches each weekday, consisting of a ham, chicken, cheese or tuna roll, a carton of orange or apple juice, a cereal bar, a pack of mini cheese biscuits and a piece of fruit. We made and distributed over 44,000 packed lunches!
October Half Term Special
From 24th – 28th October 2016 we will be doing a one-off Bolton Lunches during the school half term as part of a “proof of concept” exercise for a major funder who is interested in funding lunch projects like this across the country. This one-off exercise will be a slightly smaller scale than the summer project.
We’re looking for volunteers to help out making the lunches from 7:15 – 8:30am each morning. If you can help please get in touch with us.
The lunches can be collected at 11am from eleven Community Centres and Children’s Centres around Bolton.
You can see Bolton Lunches in action by watching the video below.