After the growth and success of the Feast of Fun project in previous years, Transforming Plymouth Together worked with St Pancras Church early into lockdown to reformat the project to fit within the national restrictions. Using their model of connecting with families and the logistical elements of delivery to use this for Feast of Fun. It was renamed 'Feast of Fun at Home'.

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A number of the churches were already familiar with the Feast of Fun projects and were keen to respond to the growing need early on in lockdown. However with the rising awareness of pressing needs across the city and, increasingly, availability of volunteers, many wanted to respond and with the new model of Feast of Fun at Home it was fairly simple to add new churches to the project throughout the year.

Working with food action organisations, such as Provide Devon, Fareshare, Love Your Neighbour to source funding and resources (of both food and activities) that were able to be collected and coordinated between the churches, TPT also partnered with others on a number of other projects, including Unify Plymouth and Families Right 2 Healthy Food, which were combined to overlap with Feast of Fun.

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A huge thank you and well done to all the churches involved.

Thank you to our supporters and funders, those who have helped move food, spread the word of the project or pray for us. We couldn't do it without you!

For information about foodbanks during the pandemic, the Trussell Trust have collated key information including how to get support here.

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How It Started - Hope For Summer

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.

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Feast of Fun

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 were free to attend and open to all, not just those who receive free school meals.

Transforming Plymouth Together supported 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.

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For the 2019 events, we received funding from National Lottery Community Fund, North Yard Trust, Virginia House Trust, Bellefonte Trust and local Councillors which meant the capability to support more groups wanting to put on Feast of Fun events.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a brilliant summer of families, food and fun!

For our full report of the events, follow the link here.

See our video below to find out more about the summer events.

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To find out more about our Feast of Fun initiative, get in touch with our team.

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