Procurement and delivery of food at holiday provision clubs

Emily Mann*, Clara Widdison, Zeb Sattar, Greta Defeyter

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While school food initiatives across England sup-port children’s nutritional intake during school term time, there is no universal state provision during the school holidays to reduce the risk of children experiencing food insecurity. In the absence of a national program of holiday provision, community organizations in disadvantaged communities have established holiday clubs offering free food and activities to children. This paper examines how these holiday clubs source food and the challenges of procuring food and delivering healthy meals that adhere to UK School Food Standards.Results indicate that holiday clubs adopt a variety of procurement strategies including relying upon donated food. While club leaders have sought opportunities to source food cost-effectively, the findings suggest significant challenges for these clubs to achieve their aim of delivering healthy meals. Findings point to needs for sustainable funding and the developing healthy food procurement policies and processes that align with a wider food strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Issue number1
Early online date19 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2021


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