A project to show care for the local community by providing hot meals, physical activities and healthy eating advice for Melton families during the summer holidays has been hailed as a resounding success.
Now in its third year, the Community Family Lunch Project, a collaboration between professionals from Sure Start and Supporting Leicestershire Families, together with volunteers from Melton churches, who worked together to give families a fun-packed morning and a healthy hot meal. The aim of the project, over a five week period through July and August, was to bring families together in a sociable environment to learn about healthy living and show how nutritious meals can be made on a low budget.

Family Lunch 2016

Food was prepared by volunteer chefs, Dave Hemmersley and Janey Branston-Spong, at the Edge and Fairmead Sure Start Centres on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Recipes were chosen that families could easily replicate and food was given away at each event for them to use at home. Church volunteers welcomed families, helped in the kitchen, waited on tables and washed up afterwards, while staff from Sure Start and Supporting Leicestershire Families invited the families and organised pre-lunch activities.

Over the five week period:
  • 300 meals were served to families, staff and volunteers
  • 250 meals were distributed to residents of Westbourne House and MYST Lodge
“Thank you to all that donated food. We wouldn’t have had this much fun and saved money.”
Family Lunch 2016 - Thank you

Generous donations of finance and food for this year’s project were received from local churches, charities and businesses, including:

  • Melton Lions Club
  • Melton Rotary
  • Mars
  • Tesco
  • Pukka Pies
  • Morrisons

Many thanks to all who contributed.