We know there are real social issues in Plymouth. With an estimated 11,500 children in Plymouth living in poverty, local churches are making a massive difference.

Many children get a hot meal at school during term times and for some of these children it is the only hot meal they get. But what happens if they are on holiday and at home, especially when parents cannot afford to feed them during the long summer holidays? After learning about the seriousness of child poverty in city, churches across the city came together to run a series of free to attend events of the summer holidays to provide a safe space with fun activities, healthy meals and a welcoming place for parents.

Starting in 2017 in the St Budeaux community, volunteers from the Baptist, Methodist, St Budeaux Parish and St Boniface church worked together to share time and resources where over 550 children and families took part in the first summer events.

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The following year 26 events involving 13 different churches across the city were held and provided over 2000 meals for families and children.

Hope 4 Summer 2018

For 2019 the events were renamed ‘Feast of Fun’ as a way of incorporating all school holidays, focus on the community and social aspect of the events not just the provision of food. All of the events are free to attend and open to all, not just those who receive free school meals. See our list of scheduled events here.

Transforming Plymouth Together are supporting churches from across the city, from a range of different denominations and sizes to host even more events and provide food and fun to more children and families in need.

Receiving funding from National Lottery Community Fund, North Yard Trust, Virginia House Trust, Bellefonte Trust and TPT itself, the capability to support more groups wanting to put on Feast of Fun events is greater.

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