Hundreds of Liverpool families struggling to feed themselves during the half term holidays have been getting a helping hand from FareShare Merseyside. Working together with Liverpool Play Partnership, FareShare Merseyside is redistributing surplus food to 49 holiday clubs and community projects, helping to feed over 2,000 children who receive free school meals in term time.
One such project is the Croxteth Community Fun Bus, a pop-up children’s hub based in a converted bus on the Stonedale Estate. FareShare Merseyside is supporting the project by providing enough food for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for local children and teenagers. The food is also helping to feed their families.
The bus is managed by a group of local mums including Kellie Quine. Kellie, who has six children aged between two and 16-years-old, said: “We set up the Community Bus as a safe place for our children to play. We had issues on the estate with guns, gangs and drugs bringing the area down. Since the Bus opened we have had more children and teenagers use the centre to study, play and hang out which keeps them off the streets and out of trouble. The Bus is also used by the whole community.
Croxteth Community Fun Bus has a play area, library, arts and crafts area, internet cafe, a lounge to watch films and an area to hold activities for the wider community. Read more in the Liverpool Echo.
The Liverpool Play Partnership was formed in 2012 by a number of partners including Merseyside Play Action Council (MPAC) and Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services. MPAC have seen a dramatic rise in the number of children and families experiencing food poverty over the past two years and this summer helped to feed the families of the children they are supporting.