Rivermede Court luxury care home in Egham, is responding to the cost of living crisis by offering free packed lunches for infant and junior school children during the summer holidays. They will also be providing weekly bags of food to families who are struggling with the additional costs of feeding their children during the school holidays.
The community initiative, launched to ensure that children who are normally provided with free school meals receive nutritious food during the holidays, will run from 24 July to 1 September.
Packed lunches – consisting of a sandwich, crisps, drink and fruit – will be available during weekdays only, and can be made to accommodate specific dietary requirements. The food bags, which will include items such as pasta, rice, bread, milk, eggs, ham and cheese, will also be tailored to specific family needs.
Rivermede Court’s Home Admissions Advisor, Nicky Hazell, who is spearheading the initiative said, “We have always been proud to play an active role in the local community and we wanted to step up and help the many families in our area who struggle with the additional costs of feeding their children during the school summer holidays.
“It has a significant impact on children’s ability to concentrate when they return to school after the summer holidays if they haven’t eaten sufficiently healthy food – or even enough food – during their six weeks off school. For parents, the cost of providing additional food during the holidays can be a huge financial strain. We know that times are tough for so many people and we want to do what we can to help.”
Parents can pre-order a packed lunch from Rivermede Court by contacting the care home the day before the lunch is required. The lunch can then be collected from Rivermede Court, The Avenue, the following day.
Rivermede Court is also encouraging families to get in touch to request food bags or to nominate families who they think may benefit from having all the basic food items provided, free of charge.