The issue of free meals for children during the school holidays has been a hot topic since Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford highlighted the lockdown issue.
And Leicester City – a club that has become as famous for coming back to the community like its success on the pitch since the Srivaddhanaprabha family acquired it – are also doing their bit.
Foxes has joined force with Leicester City Council and city -based food manufacturer, Samworth Brothers to give families the ingredients they need to make food at home.
Free food boxes with recipes for five dishes that will last the entire half term can be collected by eligible families from their schools before the term ends on Friday, May 28th.
And Foxes stars Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Ayoze Pérez, Marc Albrighton and Luke Thomas posted videos of them cooking dishes like easy-to-eat pizza and vegetable frittatas in the kitchen ground floor on their social media platforms, so that families donated ingredients can follow the recipients themselves at home.
LCFC Chief Executive Susan Whelan said: “Whether it’s beer and mince pies at Christmas, or cupcakes for Khun Vichai’s birthday, returning and thanking our supporters has always been an integral part of our philosophy.
“Our opportunities to do that have been limited over the past year, which has been a time of extreme hardship for many people in our city and our communities.
“The holiday program allows us to channel appropriately those funds, on behalf of the club and its fans, to some of the poorest in the city.
“We look forward to working with Leicester City Council to improve such programs in the future, using the Club’s visibility and expertise to ensure that simple, healthy, affordable food is accessible to everyone in Leicester.”
Anna Grant-Thomas, head of Taylor Road Primary School, said: “For so many families, the school holidays are an extreme strain on stretched budgets.”
“Learning how to cook a simple meal that is delicious and healthy is a very important lesson, and I think our kids will enjoy making these dishes at home.
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“Most of them are huge Leicester City fans, so I’m sure they’ll enjoy cooking with their heroes and copying their good eating habits.
“For so many families, school holidays are an overwhelming choice with stretched budgets, so initiatives like this can really help ensure that all children get at least one proper meal in one day.”
Assistant city mayor Sarah Russell, who leads the city council’s anti-poverty agenda, said: “It’s been a very difficult year for everyone, but particularly difficult for families with low we.
“So I’m really glad that we offer a half term food package and activities that will hopefully make life easier for many local families.
“Nearly 14,000 children and young people in Leicester are eligible for free school meals and it is important that they do not miss out on meals when schools are closed.
“I would like to thank Leicester City Football Club and the Samworth Brothers team for helping us support thousands of young people and their families across the city with this important initial initiative, the volunteers who helped deliver of boxes in local schools, and organizations that provide activities as part of the program. “
The long -term food program is supported by £ 200,000 from the city council’s COVID Winter Grant Scheme.