Urban Outreach are an amazing charity, providing food for households in crisis and person-centred support for the most disadvantaged vulnerable adults and young people in Bolton. Over the last 12 months they have provided critical support on over 120,000 occasions.
More than 12,500 children are eligible for free school meals in Bolton. During the school summer holidays, many families face a six-week struggle to find the money to feed their children. In response to this crisis, Urban Outreach work tirelessly to mobilise hundreds of volunteers over the 6-weeks to provide packed lunches. Working in partnership with community organisations, faith groups and local businesses, Urban Outreach source food donations, prepare and pack the lunches. They are then distributed across the borough, for free collection at the point of need by local families.
The aim of the initiative is to ensure that no child in the borough goes hungry, a cause that Seddon shares passionately. Throughout the summer, Seddon employees set their alarms a little earlier in the morning and assembled to volunteer together at Urban Outreach’s warehouse, making up the packed lunches for local children in need. Each lunch contained a sandwich roll with a choice of fillings, a packet of baked snacks, a piece of fruit, a cereal bar, a tube of yoghurt and a drink. Seddon also provided a van and a driver every day throughout the school holidays to deliver the packed lunches to over twenty different distribution centres across Bolton. A whopping 75,733 lunches were delivered in total!
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