Norwich church offers free school holiday meals

A Norwich church is helping to feed increasing numbers of hungry school children during the holidays when vital free school meals are not available.  Find out how your church can do the same.

Since Easter 2013 Eternity Church Norwich has been running a LUNCH Club to provide a place for children to access a hot meal when schools are closed. 

Having witnessed the need for, and the success of, the initiative Eternity Church Norwich have teamed up with Norwich Foodbank to promote the model and support other churches who would like to serve their local community with a LUNCH Club.  

An event is scheduled for churches to find out more
on the evening of Friday November 8, 7.30pm at Eternity Christian Centre.
The LUNCH Club, held at the Cadge Road Community Centre in the North Earlham area of the city, is part of a national initiative called LUNCH.  LUNCH, a project of the Grassroots Trust, actively encourages churches to run free lunch projects to bridge the ‘holiday hunger gap’ which affects two million school children nationwide. 
Lisa Marshall-Nicholls, the Project Leader for the Cadge Road LUNCH Club, said: “Eternity Norwich saw what LUNCH was doing and decided to set up their own LUNCH Club.  We approached Parent Support Advisers from the local schools and they were very active in getting families that really needed support registered into the LUNCH Club. We started with eight children on the first day of the Easter holidays but by the summer holidays we had forty children registered with us”.

The pressing need for the project was documented by Channel 4 News which interviewed Lisa and some of the families who attend the Cadge Road LUNCH Club in a piece about 'Poverty Britain’s hungry children'

During the summer holidays the LUNCH Club was open for three days a week serving a hot meal and dessert, as well as providing activities such as crafts, football and games. The club serves children aged 5 - 12 with parents encouraged to stay for a meal as well as a chat, to make friends, find support and enjoy a break for an hour or two.
If you would like to consider setting up a LUNCH Club to serve your local community an in-depth meeting about the initiative will be held at Eternity Christian Centre, Earlham Green Lane, Norwich NR5 8RF on Friday November 8 at 7.30pm. For more details please contact Lisa Marshall-Nicholls on 07505131760.

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