Holiday Markets To Support Struggling Families Are Deemed A ‘Success’

Preston’s ‘Holiday Market’ has been a success, after a number of families have been supported in the fight against holiday hunger.

Families from across the country can find it tough to provide nutritious food for their children while they are not in school.

Preston City Council held 60 Holiday Markets over the summer and welcomed almost 3,500 visitors, as schools, faith groups and community organisations support the scheme.

A spokesman for the City Council said, “Support also came from Let’s Grow Preston and local allotmenteers, who donated gluts of fruit and veg to increase the amount of nutritious food available.

“The positive feedback from the pilots was echoed by the families who visited the summer markets. Families attending told us the Market’s made it easier to manage their budgets during a time when costs rise by up to £30 per child, per week.”

Councillor Nweeda Khan, Cabinet member for communities and social justice at Preston City Council, added, “The cost of buying extra food and entertaining children through the school summer holidays can be a worry. That’s why it’s a priority for the council to be supporting the Holiday Market initiative across the city.

“Holiday Markets are not food banks, they have been developed to increase access to good food for families facing food insecurity, without judgement.

“These figures show their success for a second year and the high value to Preston families.”

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