Free lunches and holiday activities on offer this Easter for thousands of children in Manchester

Thousands of children and young people in Manchester will be able to take part in a programme of holiday activities over the upcoming Easter holidays targeted at those who receive free school meals.

Activities will be available across the city in schools, youth centres, adventure playgrounds and parks, with eligible children and young people invited through their schools or youth providers to take part.

A wide range of activities will be on offer - from sports and adventure play, to the arts and well-being activities - with each session including a ready supply of healthy snacks to keep energy levels up and help make sure no-one is going hungry whilst schools are closed for the holidays.

It's hoped the holiday activity programme will help improve children's health and well-being and give them some much needed fun stuff to do during the school holidays, whilst also helping families deal with the very real cost-of-living pressures they are facing.

In Manchester more than 34,000 or around 42 per cent of all children and young people in the city's schools receive benefits related free school meals - which for many represent a life-line for them. 

The city council has also therefore agreed that it will be funding free lunches through the Easter holidays for all children and young people in the city who are eligible for benefits' related free school meals, to ensure they don't go hungry during their break from school.

Parents whose children receive benefits related free school meals will be invited by their school to take part in the activity scheme and will then need to pre-book their child onto their chosen activity sessions.

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