Faith and vol­un­tary sec­tors hailed for sum­mer ac­cess to food scheme

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ASEFTON Coun­cil and Sefton CVS have once again given food for thought at its an­nual chil­dren’s Ac­cess to Food Pro­gramme, sup­ply­ing over 4,000 hot meals to those in need.

The scheme, in its third year, helps to sup­port fam­i­lies across Sefton who are most in need of help and hot meals, al­low­ing them to end a re­liance on school meals to help nour­ish their chil­dren.

It would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port

“For more than a decade the Shin­ing Stars Awards have put the spot­light on some ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ments by Sefton’s chil­dren and young peo­ple,” added Joanne.

“We’re hop­ing for more of the same this time round, and look for­ward to a bumper crop of nom­i­na­tions to help us make the 2018 awards the best year yet.”

Joanne also pointed out that chil­dren and young peo­ple play a vi­tal role in plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing the awards cer­e­mony, and also as hosts and per­form­ers on the night.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the awards and a nom­i­na­tion form con­tact the Shin­ing Stars team on 0151 920 0726, or email shin­ingstars@sefton­cvs.org.uk.

The clos­ing date for nom­i­na­tions this year is 5pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9. and hard work of front line lo­cal vol­un­tary, com­mu­nity and faith (VCF) sec­tor groups – vi­tal in mak­ing the pro­gramme come to­gether.

A to­tal of 4,350 meals were served across Sefton dur­ing the six week pe­riod over the sum­mer hol­i­days.

In ad­di­tion to Sefton Coun­cil’s chil­dren’s cen­tre and school pro­vi­sion, Sefton CVS co­or­di­nated a net­work of lo­cal vol­un­tary, com­mu­nity and faith (VCF) sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing The Or­rell Trust, Water­loo Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, Par­ent­ing 2000 and The In­clu­sion Net­work to of­fer ad­di­tional ac­cess to food dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Cllr Tr­ish Hardy, Sefton Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: “All of our fam­i­lies were so in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the food and it is dif­fi­cult to see how they would have man­aged with­out it.

“There’s a need for schemes such as the Ac­cess To Food Pro­gramme.”

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