A hamper project launched in the summer to help households struggling with the cost of feeding their families has been hailed a success after hundreds of food parcels were delivered.
Midlands landlord whg set up the School's Out scheme to support families feeling the financial strain of school holidays.
A recent government report estimated that around 3 million children in the UK are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays, as families, especially those who would normally receive free school meals for their children, struggle with additional costs.
As part of the project whg delivered more than 100 hampers to some of Walsall’s most vulnerable families.
It also delivered more than 150 children’s shoe boxes, preloved school uniform and, working with Mothercare, handed out new clothes to families with children under the age of five.
Social Inclusion Manager Connie Jennings said: “The School's Out Project has been a huge success and our thanks go out to all those partners and local businesses who have been so generous with their support.
“It was a great way to give local residents a hands up and ease the pressure on household budgets. It’s very difficult to put into words how overwhelmed and grateful the families who received support were and to describe the broader positive impact the donations have had.
“We are now hoping to build on this success and extend the project to other school holidays as we help in the fight against food poverty.”
The project culminated in a celebratory meal at The Workplace in Leamore, where charity The Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS) provided families with a free hot meal.