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Preston cafe to run free summer lunch sessions to feed children

Posted on - 19th July, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Food & Drink, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Playing an ice cool game at the summer club
Playing an ice cool game at the summer club

A Preston city centre cafe owner is aiming to ensure no child goes hungry this summer.

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Begun in Lancaster by the owner of Dice and Donuts board games cafe last summer it now feeds more than 200 children and families each week.

Anthony Mark Cutter launched the Apoth-a-kids programme following a free food initiative run during the Storm Desmond floods in December 2015.

As well as giving a free meal it also ensures there’s planned activities for children each day.

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The Butler Street cafe is to be the venue for the Apoth-a-kids.

Mark Cutter
Mark Cutter

Mr Cutter said: “The team and I were really proud of the work we did last summer with the Apoth-a-kids programme. We were astounded by the response and it just goes to show how important it is for local businesses to step in and support the community.

“Knowing what a huge impact this had in the community last year we are very excited to move into year two and expand into Preston with Dice and Donuts.”

Harrison Cutter getting some food for the summer clubs
Harrison Cutter getting some food for the summer clubs

Food for the summer school comes from being ‘intercepted’. This means it would have gone to waste from supermarkets or left on farms, but is fine to eat.

Fareshare Lancashire and Cumbria based in Longridge provide the food.

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How can I send my children to the sessions?

The Apoth-a-kids session begins on Monday 23 July and continues every weekday until Friday 31 August.

The sessions are free and run from 12noon to 2pm, and include plenty of board games to learn and play.

You can register via Apoth-a-Kids or email Tash@75churchstreet.co.uk

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