Kind-hearted Labour councillors in Llansamlet have helped to feed around 2,000 meals to needy families over the school holidays.
The councillors identified a problem in their ward concerning ‘holiday hunger’ and were determined to try to eradicate the threat.
Contacting local schools in Llansamlet and Birchgrove with the help of Bellyful, a community interest company producing and selling good food to support people in need in our community,they were able to provide meals to children and their parents where they were needed.
Councillors Alyson Pugh, Ryland Doyle, Penny Matthews and Mo Sykes spent the summer ensuring at risk children and their parents did not go hungry, with contributions made from their councillor community budget. The councillors were also indebted to the input of Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris.
As well as providing 800 meals across the course of the six-week holiday period 900 other meals were provided at special community events in the area such as Birchgrove Community Centre, where as well as food the families were provided with entertainment as well from Roly Poly Entertainments with the local police and fire service also involved. There was also a special barbecue put on in Parc y Helig in Birchgrove.
And as well as families the older generation were also provided with an event in Birchgrove with more planned in the future.
“In this day and age, unfortunately, there are a lot of families out there really struggling to make ends meet especially at a time when children are out of school,” explained Cllr Pugh.
“And thanks to help from Bellyful, who match-funded the meals we provided, Swansea Council and Carolyn Harris MP we were able to provide the meals and events. Some families were given as many as four meals each a week through the summer holiday period.
“This was a problem we identified last year but we didn’t want another year to go past without helping vulnerable families and we got in touch with Talycopa and Trallwn primary schools as well as Birchgrove primary and secondary schools, and Lon Las Welsh School to identify families who needed help.
“Unfortunately, because of continued austerity and problems caused by Universal credit it is a problem that is just not going away. So, this is something we will definitely be doing again next year and we are even now looking at doing something over the Christmas holidays as well.”
MAIN PICTURE: Some of the people in Llansamlet enjoying a meal provided by their Labour councillors