The BD Together team are busy packing and distributing over 2,600 food hampers to be given to many children on Free School Meals across Barking and Dagenham.
Over the last 10 days, the team has worked tirelessly to ensure the hampers are delivered to schools across the borough in time for the Christmas holidays. This follows the Government decision to extend the provision of Free School Meals for children in need for the Christmas holiday period. Schools were given the choice of food hampers or vouchers to give to their pupils. Festive recipe booklets and craft kits or food vouchers are included in the hampers.
The remainder of the hampers will be delivered by the end of this week. We are very grateful to the hard work of the team who have made this happen, and would also like to thank Travis Perkins Managed Services who provided a van and driver to help deliver the hampers to schools.
BD Together has been working with Barking and Dagenham Council and other partners from the local community on their Christmas Cheer campaign to provide extra support to those in need and bring a smile to the residents of the borough. The Council’s ‘Christmas Cheer’ campaign is about providing hope, re-connecting people who might not be able to see each other at the moment, and supporting people who need a bit of help this festive season. More details on the campaign can be found here www.lbbd.gov.uk/christmas-cheer