Church’s opens kitchen to provide free meals for children

The new kitchen
The new kitchen

A CHURCH has completed work to create a kitchen so it can provide meals to children during the school holidays.

The kitchen at St Helens Baptist Church has been built thanks to money from The Veolia Environmental Trust who have awarded a grant of £11,860 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The new kitchen

The new kitchen

The church has provided meals in the holidays to children through the Make Lunch scheme for the last couple of years but without a kitchen they have been limited to providing soup and sandwiches.

They will now be able to provide free meals to children who qualify for free school meals for two days a week during the school holidays.

John McMenamy, the church’s building co-ordinator, said: “We are working with the head of Cowley International College and the schools in the area to identify children who are at risk.

“At the moment we work with the two primary schools closest to us but we are hoping that more churches and more schools will get involved.

The new kitchen

The new kitchen

“We can only provide meals two days a week at the moment because we a reliant on volunteers but hopefully we can expand this if more people get involved.

“So many children depend on school meals but during the two-week easter break and especially during the six-week summer holiday they don’t get these and parents can really struggle to provide for them.”

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “We are pleased to supporting this project to improve the facilities at St Helens Baptist Church.

“The new kitchen will benefit the whole community and I look forward to seeing it being used and enjoyed.”