Birmingham & Black Country

Free lunches for Birmingham low-income family children

Children from families on low incomes are being offered free lunches during the summer holidays.

Holiday Kitchen takes place at the Birmingham Eco Park until 30 August.

Ashram Housing Association [AHA] is running the BBC Children in Need funded project as part of its campaign to alleviate child poverty in the city.

More than 2,000 packed lunches will also be distributed to other holiday schemes in Bordesley Green and nearby areas over the summer.

AHA said the project, in Hob Moor Road, Small Heath, would target low-income families who depend on school meals and struggle with the cost of food out of term time.

Holiday Kitchen will also provide "learning and fun activities" for pre and primary school children, it added.

AHA chief executive Jas Bains said: "Birmingham recognises that a focus must be placed on lifting families out of poverty.

"Holiday Kitchen will play an important part in this aim by helping to lessen the financial and emotional strain parents face during the holiday period."

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