New toolkit to help support Holiday Kitchens

Organisations in Calderdale are being given a helping hand to support families during the school holidays. 

The long summer school holidays can be a difficult time, when the cost of feeding and entertaining children can place additional financial pressures on families. 

In 2016, Calderdale Council launched the Holiday Kitchen pilot scheme, helping to prepare meals for more than 60 families during the summer holidays. 

The Council has now put together a new ‘What is a Holiday Kitchen?’ to support and encourage organisations across the borough to set up their own Holiday Kitchen provision. 

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said: 

“Keeping children well fed and entertained during the long school holidays can be difficult and expensive, placing a real financial strain on some families.  

“This toolkit will support more people to get involved with Holiday Kitchens and help families by providing healthy, simple and good value meals that can easily be recreated at home.” 

The Holiday Kitchen sessions give families the opportunity to learn how to cook healthy meals, understand how to get the best value for money and utilise the groceries they have available. The sessions also allow communities to come together and families to spend quality time with each other.   

The toolkit is a free resource providing information and guidance that will improve the coordination of holiday activities and holiday kitchens, helping families with healthy food ideas and information. 

To see the toolkit and find out more about the other ways the Council is tackling food poverty, visit and search for ‘tackling poverty’. The ‘What is a Holiday Kitchen?’ toolkit can be found under the Food Poverty section.

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