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.
Around 50 volunteers assemble each weekday at 7am to make around 1500 lunches consisting of a ham, cheese or tuna roll, a carton of fruit juice, a cereal bar, a pack of mini cheese biscuits and a piece of fruit. Over the summer holidays that’s more than 43,000 packed lunches! The lunches are taken to more than 20 community venues where children and their parents pick them up.
In 2018 Bolton Lunches will run from 23rd July – 31st August. Details of where the lunches will be available from can be found by clicking here.
If you can volunteer to help make the lunches, please get in touch with us by phone or using our Contact Page.
You can see Bolton Lunches in action by watching the video below.