Over 2,500 children and young people in Knowsley benefited from a free, nutritious meal over the summer through the new SNAP (Sport-Nutrition-Activity-Play) school holiday activity programme.
Families across Knowsley enjoyed 54 days of free SNAP holiday provision which included the offer of nutritious food alongside opportunities for fun and play.
Knowsley SNAP was delivered by ‘Knowsley Explore’ a new partnership of local voluntary, faith and community sector organisations, linked to the national ‘Feeding Britain’ network.
The summer programme was supported by funding from the Department for Education with further support from Knowsley Council’s Children’s Centres and School Meals services, and donations of food from Halewood Town Council.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“I’d like to thank all the organisations involved in Knowsley SNAP.
“Not only did the exciting programme of activities have a positive effect on the health, physical activity levels, educational progress and social skills of hundreds of Knowsley children over the school holidays, it also gave those children positive experiences to share about their summer when they returned to school.
“Importantly SNAP helped families who struggle to cover the additional food costs over the six weeks holidays, particularly in the absence of free school meals.
“SNAP’s success proves that by working collaboratively in ways that are cooperative and positive, Knowsley is ‘Better Together’.”