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How unwanted supermarket food has been helping Preston families in half-term

Posted on - 24th February, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Larches, Politics, Preston News
Redistributed food at the Holiday Hunger markets
Redistributed food at the Holiday Hunger markets

Holiday Hunger markets have taken place across the city to help struggling families.

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Recycling Lives has donated thousands of meals to help parents who are tackling the half-term holiday feed.

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Preston City Council launched the Holiday Hunger markets last year, in conjunction with charity FareShare.

The food redistribution centre of Recycling Lives delivered food to 20 groups across the city during the half-term week.

Those who rely on free school meals were entitled to visit the markets and pick-up food.

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Read more: What it’s like inside one of Preston’s Holiday Hunger markets

Larches and Savick Community Association is one of the groups running the holiday hunger markets.

Secretary of the Association Emma Caffrey said: “We wanted to help our community. The families who come are really positive about it – it means they can spend their money on a day out instead. It’s good quality food too and some of it’s a real treat they couldn’t normally afford.”

Emma Caffrey and Jeff Green
Emma Caffrey and Jeff Green

All food supplied by Recycling Lives would have gone to waste or incineration from the supermarkets.

Based at the Red Scar industrial estate the centre sends food all year round to Lancashire and Cumbria.

Food redistribution centre manager Jeff Green said: “School holidays should be a happy time for families to enjoy making memories together. Unfortunately for some they come with added stress around putting extra meals on the table. We’re really glad we can help groups to support families and make sure children stay well nourished.”

Read more: Community food hub opening cafe in Preston city centre

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