In 2017 Plymouth Libraries teamed up with CaterEd (schools catering social enterprise company) to offer a Summer Food Tour and Lunch at the Library project. The project was funded by Councillors, and by the Arts Council.
The projects aims to tackle 'holiday hunger' for lower income families receiving free school meals during term time may face barriers to providing lunches to children. Free packed lunches will be provided for children ages 4–11 at their local libraries which will keep children reading during the holidays, and inspire them with themed reading and related activities.
The project also aims to provide free facilitated family play activities in the libraries, increasing familiarity with and footfall to libraries and providing options for local free summer holiday activities. It starts on 7 August and will continue for four consecutive Wednesdays.
Maria Emberson, Co-Chair of the Plymouth Responsible Business Committee at WBD, commented:
"The project first ran in 2017 which attracted hundreds of children and families and was repeated in 2018. We're really proud to be supporting the Plymouth hunger project which will help feed vulnerable school children who are missing their free school meals over the school holidays. It will give children a day out, a chance to read and keep engaged whilst helping parents who do not have enough to feed their children.
"WBD are committed to supporting our local community and disadvantage families during the school holidays to give young children a fair chance at succeeding."