Our work with food
Serving hot food at our youth clubs
At every youth club session, we provide fresh fruit platters and a nutritionally balanced hot meal for all of our children and young people.
“We have lots of food that tastes good!“Child, aged 8
Dinner time at JYC is a positive experience for both the children and team members at our youth club sessions. Children have the opportunity to sit with their friends and socialize, they can talk about their day and build friendships with new children and staff, whilst eating yummy food.
Using surplus food
Thanks to our long-standing partnership with two surplus food redistribution charities, SOFEA & Oxford Food Hub, we’ve been able to serve thousands of hot meals at our sessions over the years.
Nationally and locally, there is now a shortage of surplus food available for charities and community groups. RHJYC now has to fundraise in order to ensure every child who visits us can get a hot meal.
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We have always created fun & informal ways to teach children about healthy eating at our youth club sessions and through our holiday activity provision.
We have found that if children have fun and participate in making food, they’re more likely to try what they have made. Using food in this way builds self-confidence and teaches children new skills.
Supporting families with food
We support local families who are struggling to access food through our family food bank. Families can be referred to our family food bank by their school, nursery, local advice centre or support worker.
“I’ve been using the food bank for a while now and it’s been an absolute life line for my family.”– Parent
We have been receiving surplus food, but with supplies running low, we now have to purchase a lot of the staple essentials for our boxes, which means relying on the generosity of others.
If you would like to donate any ambient items to our family food bank, please get in touch!
If you would like to pledge a donation to support our food bank, please visit our Crowdfunder: