Grub Club feeds hundreds during holidays

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ORGANISERS of ‘Grub Club’ at West Durrington Phoenix Group are hailing the success of the summer holiday project.

Community volunteers cooked and served free of charge hundreds of meals to children attending the club during the school holidays.

On ‘Grub Club’ days children could also take part in fun play activities and games before they sat down for their hot meal.

The last meal was a full roast chicken dinner followed by a sports afternoon, organised with Adur & Worthing Councils’ Communities Team.

Children helped and learned how to prepare the food themselves on some of the days, with an emphasis on healthy food, fresh fruit and vegetables.

The idea came from Southern Housing, which provided the food, after parents highlighted the difficulties that many local families face during school holidays with childcare, keeping kids entertained, and the burden of buying in and preparing extra food, especially for families normally entitled to free school meals in term time can be particularly affected.

Lin Lewis and Sue O’Keefe, of Phoenix Youth Group, said: “Giving parents a breathing space during the school holidays was really valuable, even for them to have time to routine, for example just to go and do the shopping. The feedback from the kids was amazing. They were so grateful and so happy.”

Dad Andy added: “My kids absolutely loved the food. I have five kids and my wife is disabled.

“Grub Club was respite for me from having to cook for all of them each day.”