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Blackburn lunchbox appeal gives thousands of free meals to kids

Kingdom Outreach volunteers working in Blackburn

5:41am 20th August 2018

Over 14,000 lunch boxes have already been handed out to kids in Lancashire in the first 3 weeks of the summer holidays.

Kingdom Outreach's summer holiday lunchbox appeal is a yearly initiative, which started in 2017. Volunteers group together to package lunches, that are prepared daily and handed out to kids and families who are struggling.

"It's a project about the whole community, for the community."

food packaged at kingdom outreach in Blackburn

Last year, the campaign saw up to 50 volunteers making around 5,000 sandwiches each week, to cater for the 1,080 children whose families signed up for the six-week long school holiday period.

Some children usually have free school meals, but with schools breaking up for the summer holidays, some parents face tough choices about how to feed their children.

This appeal comes as it was reported last month that the cost of childcare over summer is skyrocketing.

Kingdom Outreach rely on volunteers to lend a helping hand so that lunches for kids in need can be made.

It's a four-week appeal, so there's still 2 weeks left to help and support families who do struggle to supply food for their children.

Here's what the volunteers in Blackburn think about the appeal:

 

 

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