THE Give Bradford campaign has teamed up with three other charities to provide fun activities for 17,000 children in Bradford whose families struggle to feed them during the school holidays.

Give Bradford, the National Lottery Community Fund, Morrisons Foundation, and BG Campbell Trust Fund will distribute £350,000 in grants to community projects to run food-themed activities through the Healthy Holidays fund.

Working through Storehouse, Bradford Public Health, Fareshare, Rethink Food, Street Games and Wellsprings Together, children in some of the city's most deprived areas will be provided activities to tackle holiday hunger through nutritious meals alongside sport, creative or social activities to help create good memories and build friendships.

Some families struggle to meet the cost of feeding their families during school holidays, which can have a hugely detrimental effect on children's health and life chances.

Sam Burden, from Morrisons Foundation, said: “We are proud to support Healthy Holidays in Bradford through the work of Give Bradford.

“No family should have to worry about being able to feed their children in the holidays and that’s why we have allocated such a substantial sum to support groups to ensure young people in every part of the city are able to fulfil their potential.”

Kate Hainsworth, chief Executive at Give Bradford, added: “We are delighted along with our partners to be leading the way on delivering Healthy Holidays to thousands of schoolchildren in Bradford.

"We’ve seen the difference that programmes like this can make from our work in Leeds, where funding helped to reduce the impact of holiday hunger and other pressures for families and increased opportunities and experiences for young people in the areas of greatest need. We look forward to having the same impact in Bradford.”