Examples of Feed and
Read schemes in the North West
This is where children use the library over a school holiday
period, with food being provided. This is often, but not always, in partnership
with another agency.
Lunches for children provided by Urban Outreach over the
summer . This programme was extended to several branches this year. The
lunches will be available every day over the 6 week summer holiday, with
libraries opened up if it’s a day they are closed usually. Schools are emailed
closest to the libraries to let them know and libraries promote the sessions in
outreach sessions for other activities. The sessions are open to all. if
any child is hungry over the summer and would like a lunch they just need to
visit the library. Libraries are also going to supply an activity of some
kind at each session, such as storytimes.
Warrington are running this project over the Summer with
Active Warrington. They have local funding and or widening their successful Fit
and Fed programme. The main parts of the project are:
recruited will be from a ward with deprivation issues, with children from 5 up joining
a programme of sports and reading activities. They will also be provided with
meals and instructed about healthy eating
will volunteer to help at the sessions and will gain a food hygiene
qualification as part of the project. We are also hoping to recruit Reading
Hackers especially to help with Summer Reading Challenge.
It takes place 4
days a week. Libraries will be involved for 2 days.
See below for the
sort of activities we will be doing on a Tuesday. On Friday the children will
be taken on an away day to Stockton Heath which will include a visit to the
library in the morning with the chance to join in with Summer Reading Challenge
and to the park in the afternoon. Many children will not previously have often
travelled that far outside their immediate location.
will provide staff, recruit participants, cover transport and book venues.
Possible activities – could all be
tied in to healthy eating or good mental well-being. We have tended to work
with older children with this as you will see by some of the examples, but can
adapt it for younger ones.
a digital book review – usually we do a Vine (now obsolete I believe!) or
Reading Champions sessions – based around favourite reads of Wolves players.
Book and rugby quiz, match the player to the right book. Possible stadium tour,
training session attendance, match day attendance, visit by role model player
up to Summer Reading Challenge and give them associated rewards.
to Hip Hop Shakespeare and create their own poem (this is not boring I promise.
We listen to Akala and talk about how Shakespeare and Hip Hop are both poetry. Would need to adapt to for a younger audience
so would probably listen to someone like Craig Bradley http://www.craigbradley.com/index.html
emoji stories or guess the emoji book. They can either create a story using
only emojis or create a review of a story using only emojis and see if the
others can guess the book.
a comic – we have a template we can use,
they can create it by putting photos together or they can draw it
a photo story – a six word story illustrated by 6 photos. Can make a healthy
eating story – eg we had 1 which was no
booze, no fags, be healthy with a photo for each word.
or text story – we can give the beginning of a twitter or text story that they
Review of our Friday group sessions
In Manchester, Read and Feed was piloted/trialled throughout the school
holidays in July-August 2017, with a full high-profile implementation in summer
2018. This approach will enable us to ensure high-quality delivery.
As Fallowfield is a community library, volunteers will be available to
support the scheme. When the scheme is run in 2018 in other libraries, we
will engage volunteers to support the scheme. We have worked with GM FareShare for the
first time. They supplied food for free (with a nominal administration
charge) and additional sandwiches were purchased from a local supplier. We held
reading / craft activities, to increase engagement with the Summer Reading
Challenge. The scheme is not designed to reach very high numbers, but
target those that need it, and increase the amount of people starting and
completing the Summer Reading Challenge.
On the very first day of the Read and Feed scheme, one Mum arrived with
3 children and explained to Elaine and myself that her 11 year son was autistic
and would be unable to join in any activities like painting and gluing and
would find it difficult to interact with others. At first he wouldn’t make eye
contact with us but with encouragement he joined in with all the activities and
over time he would chat to us about books and games he liked. We told him how
we could reserve books from other libraries which he did and managed to
complete the reading challenge. He especially enjoyed the iPad sessions where
we did Stop motion with Lego. There were some challenging moments when he got
upset but we managed to gently talk him through them. Towards the end of the
scheme his Mum said how thrilled she was with how he had joined in and built up
a relationship with us and hoped it would help him when he started High School.
has taken part in the very first Food in Schools Holidays project this year. We
were given a budget from Public Health to provide food at our events. We
decided to use our existing events around the Summer Reading Challenge and
earmark some of them for food. We had:
Children had to book onto these sessions and at the end they received a snack
bag containing a bottle of water, cereal bar, chocolate, fruit and a packet of
Pom Bear crisps. We took details of allergies at the time of booking but there
was only two instances of allergies being recorded out of hundreds of places
The scheme was a great success and very well received and Public Health are now
preparing a report advising that the strategy should be adopted permanently and
all holiday periods should have funding allocated to provide food at events
The idea came in 2016 from local
councillor John Blundell. Here’s an article he wrote on where the inspiration
came from: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-blundell/feeding-minds-and-empty-s_b_13601598.html
This year, the scheme was
rolled out to 6 libraries across 4 townships: Belfield and Balderstone (Rochdale
Township), Smallbridge (Pennine Township), Darnhill (Heywood Township) and
Junction and Langley (Middleton Township). The libraries chosen are in
areas with a high number of children eligible for free school meals.
Funding has been provided by the Townships.
The aims of the project this
year are broadly similar – primarily to provide a healthy lunch for children
who might otherwise go without – but also to encourage take up of the Summer
Reading Challenge – all children who attend automatically become library
members and are enrolled in the challenge - and engage them in reading/craft
and related activities. This year, we are extending the appeal of the
scheme by working with Link4Life (Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural
Trust, provider of arts, sport and heritage services in the Rochdale borough)
who had independently secured funding through charity Street Games http://www.streetgames.org/ to provide their own Fit and Fed
programme, led by Link4Life sports coaches.
By pooling resources, and
sourcing food cheaply from Fare Share http://www.fareshare.org.uk/regional-centres/greater-manchester/
, we are able to offer 30 places for “Fit, Feed and Read” at each
venue. Leaflets (see attached) are going out to targeted schools in the
participating libraries’ catchment areas and parents are asked to complete the
registration form and return it to their chosen library. Extending the
scheme this year has presented quite a lot of challenges, not least having to
open up part-time libraries out of hours and buy in extra staff (from ROSA –
Rochdale and Oldham Supply Agency) but we’ll see how it goes. Each
session (11am – 2.30pm) will involve at least an hour of reading/related
activities/craft and at least an hour of sports/games/fitness as well as the
See also these examples from the USA: