Posted On: 28 Oct 2020

Calderdale’s kind communities are uniting in their shared ambition to end child hunger in the borough for good and The Piece Hall is committed to playing a role.

In response to national calls to extend free school meals beyond term times, organisations and individuals across Calderdale and the country are rallying to help, donating food and money to support the most disadvantaged children.

Calderdale Council, the Community Foundation for Calderdale, The Piece Hall Trust and other partner organisations throughout the borough are proud to show their commitment by launching their ambitious, long-term campaign, Never Hungry Again.

Their collective efforts aim to support children and young people and eradicate local food poverty – not only during the school holidays, but forever. This is part of the Vision2024 for Calderdale where everyone can reach their potential and live a larger life, through the kindness and resilience that defines the borough.

The Piece Hall is already working with local businesses to offer free food and drinks to children who rely on free school meals at its Blondins restaurant during the October half term, from Monday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm. People are invited to donate to cover the cost of food. Find out more here. 

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said:

“As a prominent organisation in Calderdale and Yorkshire, and one that welcomes families and children on a daily basis, we felt it right to do whatever we could to support this cause. The campaign to support young people in our community is something that is close to our hearts, and we’ll always do everything we can to help in those situations.

“The challenges highlighted by this new initiative have been well documented in recent weeks and The Piece Hall Trust is delighted to have been able to act quickly to help out. We have seen an overwhelming outpouring of support from all-quarters to date and this goodwill from the people and businesses of Calderdale are one of the factors that make the borough such a fantastic place.”

Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said:

“Supporting people in financial hardship has always been a priority, but we know that many families in Calderdale are struggling even more due to the devastating impact of the pandemic.

“Now is the time to look forward, to tackle children’s food poverty once and for all, and to give hope and opportunity to our most vulnerable local families. We know that our kind, resilient and aspirational communities are raring to go – together, we will make a difference and achieve our Vision2024 for Calderdale.

“We are proud to launch our Never Hungry Again campaign with our partner organisations across Calderdale, to support local children and put an end to food poverty. None of us want to see any child in Calderdale go hungry. Through our new fund, long-term commitment and wider anti-poverty plan, we will ensure that children and young people get the good-quality, healthy food and lifeline that they need, not just during school holidays, but all year round.

“The campaign will build on the incredible efforts of our local schools, voluntary organisations, businesses and residents to ensure children don’t go hungry this half-term and beyond.”

Steve Duncan DL, CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale, explained:

“Kindness and generosity is part of Calderdale’s DNA. We saw it after the 2015 and 2020 floods helping to raise over £1.6m to help those affected by the flooding. I just know that Calderdale people will rise to the challenge again and support our struggling families in their time of need. We at the Community Foundation will double all your donations as long as feasibly possible.”

To harness this, the Never Hungry Again campaign includes the launch of a new fund, where anyone in Calderdale can make a donation to help tackle child hunger. To donate, please click here.

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