Summer Holiday Lunches 2017

The holiday lunch programme was initiated to reach out to families whose children would normally be on free school meals and who would experience difficulty adjusting to increased food costs in school holidays.  We also recognise that some families who do not receive free school meals may experience some of the same issues. We aim to extend the programme to all families who identify themselves as finding the school holiday periods financially challenging.

Holiday Lunches are a great way to meet other families and to tap into services on offer at community centres.

To keep the lunches free and fun for those that attend, we ask that families attending support the volunteers with setting up, clearing away and getting involved with the activities on offer. If we all muck in, we’ll all have a great time.

As we do not ask families to book, it can be a challenge to know how many people to cater for; with this in mind we follow a few simple rules:

  1. Children are fed first
  2. We try to ensure everyone can have something to eat but on occasion we may run out or have smaller portions if the event is very busy
  3. Be patient, everyone who helps to make these lunches happen is a volunteer and is doing their best to help make the event run smoothly
  4.  We all appreciate the simple things in life; a smile, a thank-you and some help cleaning up
holiday lunches Summer 17 north of the city

Lunches in the North of the City


Holiday lunches Template Ross Street


Holiday lunches are proving popular

We are now into the last week of the Summer holiday Lunch programme, in the first two weeks we feed over 500 people.  we have had the Mayor and radio visit some of the lunches and they have seen what a fantastic project this is.

Feed back from Families has been great:

Thank you for putting on days like these.

Lovely Friendly people helping everyone.

Thank you well done! Totally amazing for the community.

We look forward to seeing you this week at one of our Holiday Lunch Programmes.

Summer Holiday Lunches

Summer is almost here. Here is a collection of the lunches taking place across Cambridge. As the lunches are run by a variety of church or community organisations, they are all slightly different and have a variety of food and activities on offer.

Kings Hedges,  Arbury and Chesterton

kingsh lunch


abbey people lunch


holiday lunches poster trumpington summer

Romsey / Coleridge

ross st

Cherry Hinton

cherry hinton



Holiday Lunches

Combatting Holiday Hunger 

In 2015, a collective of churches and community centres in Cambridge set up a series of free lunch events for families who may be facing holiday hunger.Now, in 2016, we’re spreading the word and increasing the number of free lunches on offer across the city.

How does it work? 

There is no need to book, families can just turn up on the day. Events usually last about 2 hours and start with a craft, some games or family movie, followed by a hot meal. Children and their families are fed a 2 course hot meal, freshly prepared by the staff and volunteers in the community centre, school kitchen or church hall.

All events are free. We believe this is important. We know that school holidays can be a struggle, especially for anyone who normally has free school meals. It can be a challenge to find things to do, keep the children entertained without going over budget. Holiday lunches can help.

Click here to find your local holiday lunch event in Cambridge

Holiday Lunch events are staffed by workers and volunteers who work in your local community. If you’ like to know more about what’s on at the community centres for local families, do ask a staff member.

Want to help? 

These events rely heavily on volunteers from the local community, Cambridge City Council and local businesses. If you would like to volunteer or to fine out how you can help, please contact the event organiser for your local event.


Trumpington’s First Lunch goes down a storm

Trumpington Village Hall was packed with over 70 people in Feb half term for the first holiday lunch club in the south of the City.

foodFamilies enjoyed an hour of arts, crafts, messy activities and games before tucking in  to a choice of Cottage Pie or Pasta Bake. The main dishes went down well, followed by jelly and cake.

“My kids had a lovely time and the food was nice, the helpers were amazing! “

A team of volunteers helped in the kitchen and volunteers in the community were able to gain Time Credits for their help on the day.


The hall was pretty busy at lunch time. 20160217_124253_resized

“We had a great time! Would be good if you did it again thank you to everyone involved”