Make Lunch Projects were initiated by Christian charity TLG (Transforming Lives for Good) to provide nutritious lunches for families over school holidays. Southampton City Catering, who provide school meals across the city, have adopted the Make Lunch Project as their social responsibility and are working with TLG and local churches.There is a proposal to run a Make Lunch Project in Shirley but a partner church is needed in order to run the TLG model. Schools identify a growing number of children and families at risk of holiday hunger and the project would be a natural progression from Beacon’s Holiday Hampers.
Some members of St James’ by the Park visited a Make Lunch Project elsewhere in the city during October half term. Families attending said that the project gave them much more than just food. They had ‘adult time’ with other parents and it was a safe space where they felt welcomed. Conversations with schools and City Catering have given us an idea of what a project in Shirley might look like.
Having secular bodies asking the church to get involved is a God-given opportunity to further the Kingdom. What we need are volunteers with a passion to get alongside families and to create links with Beacon, Superstars etc. There will be different roles to be filled; help with cooking, organising crafts and games; administration etc.
Come and find out more (no commitment is required at this time) on Sunday 15th March. We’ll be hosting a simple lunch at our home from 1pm onwards to answer questions and gauge the level of interest.
Please email me if you’d like to come (for catering purposes) at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t make it but want to register your interest please let me know.