At City Catering we believe that receiving great quality food, served with kindness and care, is a right and not a privilege.

Everyone deserves the best possible nourishment. To honour that belief, we place a significant focus on making a tangible difference in people’s lives through local nutritional projects.

As a not-for-profit, any surplus or grant funding that we generate enables us to do more to support the local community. Our focus is set squarely on supporting holiday food provision across the region, to ensure that less families and their children are impacted by food poverty during the school holidays. 

Fighting Food Poverty in Southampton

The school holidays push many families into food poverty and insecurity. Children from low-income families are often entitled to Free School Meals during term time, yet there is currently no such provision during the holidays. City Catering is committed to filling this gap by feeding families who may otherwise go hungry.

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Filling the school holiday food gap

#LunchCrowd initiative

Our #LunchCrowd initiative sees us working in collaboration with activity partners by opening our school kitchens at free-to-attend holiday clubs. In 2019, we opened our school kitchens 32 times in school holidays. In 2020 and beyond, we aim to continually work to increase this and support more families. 

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Hot, nutritious lunch

We serve school children and their families who may otherwise go hungry with a free hot, nutritious two-course lunch through our #LunchCrowd initiative – helping to prevent hunger, social isolation and academic decline during any of the school holidays throughout the year.

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Free grocery bags

With thanks to Southampton City Council grant, we have been able to provide additional meals to families attending #LunchCrowd clubs by gifting low-cost low-equipment recipes written by our Chefs, with the groceries to match, inspiring and supporting healthy cooking at home for all the family. 

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Equipment gifting

Families provided us with feedback that a challenge to home cooking is access to suitable equipment. We know that there are a range of limitations depending on housing and financial constraints. Therefore, as part of the Southampton City Council grant, we gifted families free and new equipment to use. 

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Supporting local activities

We are regularly looking at ways that we can support local projects in Southampton. Whilst our primary aims are to provide hot meals to families to replace those lost during the school holidays - we have also supported local sporting activities with free snack bags to help inspire children to snack healthier.

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Working with others

In 2018 we created a Charitable Impact Committee which guides our focus. A key aim is to work closely with others across the region to fight school holiday food poverty. We have therefore founded the Southampton Holiday Provision Steering Group to drive change, increase partnerships and support more families.

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Helping families in Southampton

Me and my children attend the Make Lunch club and we love it! My youngest is a very fussy eater and yet he tries everything there. He has found a new love for the cheesy tomato pasta bake! Am very pleased we have the recipe to be able to make it at home! We always look forward to going to Make Lunch.

From a Lunch Crowd club in partnership with Make Lunch

A great big thank you to Coach 4 U Sports and Mansbridge Primary School for the free sports session taking place this week with free lunches provided by City Catering Southampton, who then also gave us this free bag of ingredients and recipe for the lovely meal I have just cooked for us all.

From a Lunch Crowd club in partnership with Coach 4 U Sports

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In 2019, we provided 2,837 meals to families in need through our #LunchCrowd initiative whilst opening up our school kitchens 32 times at 4 different schools during the holidays.