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”


Welcome to the holiday lunch programme webpage

Throughout 2016, a network of lunch clubs are being run by churches, community groups community development workers and volunteers with the sole purpose; to combat holiday hunger.

Here we will share recipes, tips, helpful hints to help any community group, church or collective who wish to work towards this aim in their neighbourhood.