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Holiday School Meals return this October

Posted on 9 Oct 2017
THE Council’s highly-acclaimed holiday school meal programme returns during the October break.

Fresh from the record-breaking summer – which saw an incredible 13,500 meals served up over six weeks – the brilliant service will again cater for primary pupils across North Ayrshire.

Starting on Monday, 16 October, the initiative will run until Friday, 20 October, providing three-course lunches for everyone who attends.

As well as providing a nutritious meal, an hour of physical activity will be provided during the sessions to allow the children to have fun and a run around with their friends – ensuring they stay fit and active outwith the school term. As well as the fun games, the Council’s Active School co-ordinators will get involved provide the young people a taste of a variety of sports.

The Fullarton Community Hub will be operating the service, along with ACES Woodwynd Community Centre in Kilwinning, Pryde in Pennyburn and the Vineburgh Community Centre. All will serve up lunches and put on an hour of activities.

 Dalry Primary, Dreghorn Primary, Elderbank, Hayocks Primary, Mayfield Primary and St Bridget’s will all open their doors over the five days.

 In addition, the North Ayrshire Foodbank, via the Church of the Nazarene in Ardrossan and Ardeer Community Centre in Stevenston, also provides the service.

 This year’s October holidays tie in with Challenge Poverty Week and Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “The holiday school meal programme is hugely important to us and an initiative we’re all incredibly proud of. It is making a difference to the lives of our young people and their families.

 “So it’s apt that it falls on Challenge Poverty Week when we are trying to raise awareness of how poverty affects our communities and what we are doing to try and help.”

 Since first being piloted back in 2013, school meals have been served up in primary schools to help alleviate holiday hunger.

And new figures show that this summer was the most successful yet with catering staff dishing out an incredible 13,500 meals to young people over the six weeks.

 That’s a 40 per cent increase on the previous summer and 1,800 meals more than served during the whole of the initiative in 2016.

 The holiday school meal lunches cost just £2 – activities are free - but are available for free to children entitled to free school meals.

 Activities take place from 11.30am-12.30pm and lunches are served from 12.30pm -1pm.


ACES Centre, Kilwinning
Pupils who can attend: All Kilwinning Primary Schools
Dalry Primary School
Pupils who can attend: Dalry & St Palladius Primary Schools
Dreghorn Primary School
Pupils who can attend: Dreghorn & Springside Primary Schools
Elderbank Primary School
Pupils who can attend: Elderbank & St John Ogilvie Primary Schools
Fullarton Community Hub
Pupils who can attend: Glebe & Loudoun Montgomery Primary Schools
Hayocks Primary School
Pupils who can attend: Hayocks & St John’s Primary Schools
Mayfield Primary School
Pupils who can attend: Mayfield Primary School
PRYDE Centre, Kilwinning
Pupils who can attend: All Kilwinning Primary Schools
St Bridget’s Primary School
Pupils who can attend: St Bridget’s, Moorpark & Garnock Campus Primary Schools
Vineburgh Community Centre
Pupils who can attend: Castlepark, St Mark’s & Woodlands Primary Schools