There are around 170 non-school days in the year, leaving a gap becoming known as ‘holiday hunger’. Food Cardiff’s Summer Holiday Enrichment Programme addressed this and improved children’s quality of life over the summer holiday period, and as a result Food Cardiff have been celebrated at Springboard’s Awards for Excellence 2016 on Thursday 24 November 2016. The Awards celebrate inspiring people, organisations and initiatives from across hospitality, leisure and tourism.
Food Cardiff’s innovative pilot project utilised closed schools as community assets, reaching five local schools and over 100 children to not only reduce isolation and hunger, but also combine education, sport and fun. Over 1,000 meals, compliant with nutritional standards requirements, were served to 171 children.
“Food Cardiff showed absolute leadership in this field by taking a simple concept and putting it into action cleanly and effectively. Every council in the UK should be adopting this approach!” – Nicola Reid, Supply Programme and Change Manager, Diageo
The award judges felt the approach has the potential to address issues such as diet, obesity and academic success. It also provided catering staff, school staff and sports coaches with summer employment.
Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, commented: “Once again we enjoyed a wonderful evening in celebration of everything that our industry has to offer. Cardiff Food were worthy winners of the Community Engagement Award this year.”