COUNCIL bosses are calling on organisations, third sector and voluntary groups across the city to help deliver a range of school holiday programmes.

Groups are asked to apply for a share of a £2 million funding pot.

The scheme aims to make sure free meals and healthy snacks are available for every nursery, primary and secondary school pupil who takes part in next year’s Children’s Holiday Food Programme (CHFP).

Thousands of youngsters in Glasgow have enjoyed fresh food, nutritious meals and activities during school holidays thanks to the programme, which was introduced in 2018 to help address poverty in the city.

The programme is funded by Glasgow City Council and delivered by charities, third sector organisations and community groups.

Glasgow’s City Treasurer, Councillor Ricky Bell, said: “The Children’s Holiday Food Programme has gone from strength to strength and brings with it many other benefits for the children and their families.

“We remain committed to working with third sector organisations to deliver this invaluable programme.

"It’s part of our on-going work to tackle food poverty and inequality; where people cannot afford or don’t have access to nutritious food.

“We appreciate many organisations were not able to deliver their usual programme of indoor and outdoor activities due to the pandemic however the majority were able to make use of the council funding to deliver essential food parcels to families.”

The council is now asking for organisations to apply for a slice of the £2m funding to deliver next year’s programme.

The CHFP runs during the spring, summer, October and February school holidays.

Organisations have until Friday, October 23 to apply.

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