We know that school holidays can put a lot of pressure on families. Keeping children occupied and fed can be a real challenge, particularly during this cost-of-living crisis.

Following a fantastic campaign led by Marcus Rashford MBE, the Department for Education created the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme. This funding is for local authorities to coordinate holiday programmes that combine healthy food and enriching activities for children and young people receiving benefits-related Free School Meals.

North Yorkshire Council appointed North Yorkshire Together to deliver its HAF programme, FEAST. The organisation is a partnership of North Yorkshire Sport, North Yorkshire Youth and Rural Arts, and has led FEAST since 2021.

What is FEAST?

FEAST (food, entertainment, arts, sport, together) is a holiday programme open to all children and young people in North Yorkshire, and is free to families eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals.

North Yorkshire Together invites leading holiday playschemes, clubs and activity providers from across the county to apply for funding to deliver their sessions as part of FEAST. As a key partner in the organisation, North Yorkshire Sport supports these providers through application, funding, delivery, marketing and monitoring.
Eligible families can book on the FEAST programme for free. Booking information and eligibility criteria is outlined on the FEAST website.

Feedback for the FEAST programme has been very positive. North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for education, learning and skills, Cllr. Annabel Wilkinson, said she was delighted with the success of the programme.

“The FEAST programme offers a vitally important service to families, especially at a time when people are experiencing difficulties caused by the increasing cost of living. It is also important that young people have something productive and fun to do during school holidays,”

“Feedback over the past couple of years by those who attend has been very good and most go on to attend multiple sessions; learning new skills, making new friends and growing in confidence around what they are able to achieve.”

To learn more about the FEAST programme, visit the FEAST website

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