Some of Bolton’s biggest companies are coming together to provide free packed lunches for children during the school holidays.
The scheme is being organised by members of the BITC Bolton Family, a group of local companies including Seddon, Keoghs, Asda, Bolton at Home and Barclays which work to support communities across the area, as part of charity Urban Outreach’s BL16 Lunch Initiative.
Staff from the companies involved will head to Urban Outreach’s warehouse on Trinity Retail Park each morning to pack the lunches, with construction firm Seddon using its fleet of vans to deliver them to distribution centres throughout Bolton.
Lunches will be available from Monday, July 25 to Friday September 2. Last year the initiative provide more than 33,000 lunches for children.
Vanessa Barlow from said: "This is a fantastic initiative that everyone in the BITC Bolton Family is fully behind.
"We know that the summer can be an expensive time for families with more mouths to feed at home, so this is our way of showing the community we are here to support them however we can.
"Last year’s scheme was a huge success and we’re hoping for more of the same this time around.”
Other schemes being held as part of the BL16 Lunch programme include Big Bolton Lunch week starting on Monday, July 4 which will see employees encouraged to sell baked goods to colleagues each lunchtime to raise money for the charity.
Seddon will also be holding a Seddy Bear’s Picnic – hosted by Seddon’s mascot Seddy Bear – on Wednesday, July 24 and Wednesday, August 24. The events will see two community centres transformed into picnic areas with grass, picnic matts and story tellers.
For more information on the upcoming events visit www.urbanoutreach.co.uk or www.bigboltonlunch.com