THURROCK Lunch Club began in August 2012, with a single vision;
“To provide food, safety and community for the most vulnerable in our community during school holidays”
It was a response to an ever increasing hunger gap in an expanding borough, with almost 1000 Primary School pupils eligible in Grays alone.
A spokesperson said: " We provide food for families where children qualify under the governments free school meals programme, during school holidays with a commitment to a train volunteers enabling them to also make a positive impact where they live.
• Last year we served over 900 meals, with this year already tracking at over 1000
• Currently hosted in Socketts Heath Baptist Church in Grays, with 5 schools as partners- Quarry Hill, Deneholm, Little Thurrock, Thameside and Stifford Clays
• Funding would build on the current project in Grays and support expansion into Chadwell St-Mary
“This project truly represents community at its best. We have a diverse team of over 50 volunteers who give up their time to run this project – some from churches, but also a significant number from the wider community including some of the beneficiaries themselves (parents from referred families).” Elle Knight – Thurrock Lunch Club Project Manager
"We have applied for Â£5000 funding via the Aviva community fund, nationally this has seen over 4000 applications. We are asking that our community join with us and vote, as only the top 9 in each category are taken through to the finals. Voting closes on 30th May, with judges results being announced on 29th June 2015.
Voting and additional application information can be found through this link;