CHILDREN’S charity Play Bradford has received funding from Leeds Community Foundation, Give Bradford Healthy Holidays and BMDC Winter Food grant, to extend its service support and feed disadvantaged households throughout February.
The charity has had to temporarily pause its adventure play and outreach sessions, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, it has recognised that feeding children and families is as important as ever during these very challenging times.
Starting in February half-term, Play Bradford will be operating a food outreach service from its leading Eccleshill site, The Big Swing. This will involve a weekly collection service and delivering food hamper packs to disadvantaged households across the locality.
The charity aims to widen its outreach and regularly support in excess of 100 households. Play Bradford will meet the needs of residents with children and those who are isolated, without children or live alone.
Janet Jewitt, Manager at Play Bradford, said:
“We’re so grateful to receive ongoing funding as it helps us provide much-needed support to households within our community. As we know, many families and individuals continue to struggle to make ends meet due to lockdown measures.
“In December 2020, we successfully delivered festive food hampers to those within the locality, and our focus for February half-term will be to repeat the success of this. We will be including essential food items as well as ingredients for the families to celebrate Pancake Day.
“It’s great that we can extend our level of support to those who don’t normally get to access our service as we know many residents are also feeling isolated and are struggling.”
Play Bradford, will be delivering essential food hampers to vulnerable BD10 households across the week of February half-term, starting from 16th February. The charity will also be providing weekly food collections from The Big Swing site, for individuals of the community. This will be available indefinitely and will utilise Greggs, Morrisons and Bradford North Foodbank’s food streams.
More information can be found on the charity’s Facebook page @PlayBradf0rd and Twitter @Play_Bradford.