‘Working together to promote healthy living, support positive well-being and improve engagement with education and the school during the summer holidays.’
What is Food and Fun?
Food and Fun is a school-based education programme that provides food and nutrition education, physical activity, enrichment sessions and healthy meals to children during the school summer holidays.
Starting as a pilot run by Cardiff Council in 2015, Food and Fun has developed into a national, fully funded Welsh Government programme administered by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA). In 2022, 139 schools delivered the programme and provided over 7800 places for children each day that it ran.
The Welsh Government has committed to fund SHEP in 2023 with £4.85m allocated in the budget. The WLGA will continue to coordinate the roll-out by working closely with local authorities and partner agencies.
What are Food and Fun’s intended outcomes?
What are the main benefits of Food and Fun?
- The schemes encourage children to be more active over the summer
- Improvements in children’s diets
- Making new friends and having fun
- Learning and engagement with school
- Improving parents’ health and well-being
- Parents learn new skills
- Involves the whole family
- Facilitates collaboration between agencies
- Makes better use of existing facilities
- Encourages community engagement
- Offers paid and voluntary employment
- Signposts to other services
- Helps parents meet the costs of school holidays
For more information contact: Foodandfun@wlga.gov.uk