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Sodexo teams up with leading sports clubs’ charities to support children living in poverty

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has partnered with Meals & More, a charity aiming to end holiday hunger and social isolation, and a number of community foundations of leading sports clubs in the UK, to provide nutritious meals and sports clubs for children during school holiday periods.

In the UK, up to three million children are at risk of going without healthy and nutritious meals during the holidays when they do not benefit from free school meals, according to FareShare, the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity.

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is aiming to pilot four key programmes in Leeds, Blackburn, Everton and Newcastle, with the mission to make a difference in the community, focusing on education, health and social inclusion, sports participation and youth inclusion.

The foundation will work with Sodexo’s clients’ charitable and community foundations – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, Everton in the Community and Newcastle United Foundation – to support free sessions of sporting and educational activity for thousands of children in 2020. The locations for the activities have been recognised as areas of the UK where social deprivation is high and holiday hunger is more prominent.

The first location for activities, taking place this week, is a local primary school in Leeds. During the week children will play rugby and cricket with Stop Hunger providing volunteer support for three days to register children, assist coaches, support the lunch set up, distribute lunches and assist with clearing up. Food will be provided from supply chain partners of Sodexo including Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo and Reynolds.

Activities in conjunction with the foundations of Blackburn, Everton and Newcastle, which will also be supported by volunteers and paid employees, will take place in July and August 2020.

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