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Council’s school nutrition programme scoops first prize in top foodie awards

Cardiff’s multi-award winning school holiday enrichment programme (SHEP), Food and Fun has picked up its ninth award at the renowned 2018 Foodservice Catey Awards.

Awarded top prize in the Corporate and Social Responsibility category, the multiagency initiative which aims to reduce the isolation and hunger experienced by families in the school holidays, was described as a; “Seriously brilliant initiative that is such a worthwhile cause and in particular the social community aspect, along with the activity and enjoyment for the children.” (Mark Philpott, owner and managing director, Vacherin)

Other judges’ comments included: “Cardiff’s multi-faceted and considered approach to tackling holiday hunger was particularly impressive due to its ambition for a national impact and setting out a blueprint for others.” (Hayley Miller, head of marketing, CH&Co)

“This entry demonstrated a holistic approach to community and enhanced social value – a brilliant piece of work.” (Mike Hanson, head of sustainable business, Baxterstorey)

Food and Fun is a joint partnership project between Cardiff Council, Food Cardiff, Sport Cardiff, Public Health Wales and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. It provides an element of education, sporting activity and quality, healthy meals, delivered in a safe, nurturing and fun environment during school holidays.

Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Sarah Merry said: “I am thrilled that Food and Fun has picked up another award, further cementing the excellent work that is being delivered and the positive effect the programme is having on Cardiff’s children.

“Long stretches away from school can sometimes result in children relying on unhealthy food or going without regular meals. Our SHEP programme ensures that those who need it most, can have access to healthy meals, nutritional skills, sports and other educational activities, whilst promoting social inclusion.

“These elements are vital to the overall health and wellbeing of children during school holidays as well as during term time and the project is an example of how councils can support communities, whilst encouraging positive attitudes towards health and diet.”