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Funding Helps Stave off Holiday Hunger

A community organisation in South Tyneside is making sure local children don't go hungry over the school holidays - thanks to a grant from their local Community Area Forum.

Hebburn Helps was given a grant of £501 from the Hebburn CAF to provide lunches for children over the six weeks of the summer holidays.

In the first week alone, the group of volunteers provided a packed lunch of a sandwich, crisps, carton of juice and a cake bar for 176 youngsters from the Hebburn and Jarrow areas.

Jo Durkin, who founded the organisation and works as a team leader, said: "We know how hard it is for families to put an extra meal on the table over the six weeks of the school holidays.

"We were planning to charge £1 for the packed lunch but the funding from the CAF has meant that we can provide these lunches for free. The funding is incredibly important in helping us stave off holiday hunger."

Hebburn Helps is also using the funding to provide a weekly hot lunch for families during the summer holidays. The lunches are prepared and served from St Oswald's Church and will run every Wednesday over the summer holidays.

Councillor Richard Porthouse, Chair of the Hebburn CAF, said: "Hebburn Helps is a fantastic organisation, entirely staffed by volunteers, which makes a huge difference to families struggling to make ends meet.

"I am delighted that we have been able to provide funding for such a worthwhile venture which will hopefully mean children won't have to go hungry over the summer holidays."

Since it was set up in 2015, Hebburn Helps has given assistance to more 700 families and individuals.

In addition to providing food parcels, the organisation provides a listening ear, helping to restore people's dignity and self-worth.


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