Woodley's Holiday lunch service for Children

Woodley Lunch Bunch was set up in the summer of 2020 in response to the financial impact on many families during the pandemic. Going forward Woodley Lunch Bunch will continue to support the community.

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What is Woodley Lunch Bunch?

We operate a packed lunch delivery service to children during the school holidays.

We deliver twice a week to families in Woodley who are having a difficult time financially, or in other ways. We also deliver an activity pack once a week, as well as a bag of food if we can.

We are a team drawn from the local community with advice from the Grub Club in Wokingham and help from councillor Shirley Boyt, Sewa Day and the food banks of Woodley and Wokingham.

We have been fortunate to receive some funding from Wokingham United Charities and Tesco Bags of Help as well as support and donations from other organisations listed in out thank you section.

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News

Lunch over, but Woodley Lunch Bunch plans a swift return - The Wokingham Paper

AFTER A BUSY six weeks, a Woodley organisation is taking time to reflect on its first summer in operation. Launched in June, Woodley Lunch Bunch has distributed more than 600 packed lunches to children during the summer holidays. Founder Juliet Sherratt said the experience has been full-on, but she's proud...

Woodley volunteer launches summer lunch club for families - The Wokingham Paper

CREATED just a month ago, the Woodley Lunch Bunch has started helping families today. The organisation was set up by Juliet Sherratt, who volunteered last summer with The Grub Club - a Norreys-based group that supports families who normally access free school meals over the holidays.

MP joins lunch bunch to deliver meals - The Wokingham Paper

THE MP for Reading East helped deliver free lunches to children last week. Matt Rodda, whose Reading East constituency includes parts of Woodley and Earley joined the Woodley Lunch Bunch to deliver free lunches to children who receive free school meals during term-time.

Events

As well as offering packed lunches in school holidays, we have been supporting local families in other ways, as the need has arisen.

Halloween

We like to keep our lunches and food activities seasonal, so we had S'mores in the summer, pumpkins to carve from ASDA Lower Earley at Halloween, and lovely gingerbread houses to decorate at Christmas.

"Sample Quote text from one of our families"

Shoes & Coats

In the winter, we organised a warm coats and shoes project, in conjunction with First Days Children's Charity. Every family had a delivery of coats and shoes for the children. First Days also offered brand new toys and games for the parents to select at a socially distanced Christmas event.

"Sample Quote text from one of our families"

Mother's Day

We were delighted to offer the mums in Lunch Bunch a little treat for Mother's Day. We gave the children cards to colour in, Share Wokingham provided daffodils and First Days donated toiletry sets for the children to gift to their mums. It has been a tough time for mums with having to do schooling at home as well as all the usual chores and, in some cases, work. It was lovely to be able to help the children to thank their mums.

"Sample Quote text from one of our families"

Stationery Project

With the children having to stay at home during lockdown, the cost of home learning arose as an issue. We were able to help by providing notebooks, pens, pencils, folders etc  These were donated by the local community who responded so generously to our request for donations. Our collecting boxes were filled and others donated items via our Amazon wishlist.

"Sample Quote text from one of our families"

Lockdown IT

We were lucky enough to have several laptops, printers and an iPad donated. These were invaluable for home learning during lockdown and we are so grateful to those in our community who donated equipment they no longer needed.

"Sample Quote text from one of our families"

Donations

At Woodley Lunch Bunch we rely on the wonderful generosity of our local community who support us with food and activity donations, use of premises, and monetary gifts, as well as the generous nature of our sponsors who support us with wise advice and access to grants.

Our requirements change over time and can depend on the donations of our corporate supporting partners who are wonderfully generous and often provide us with bulk goods which is then reflected in the other items we request from our friends in the local community.

Food Donations

We ask for food donations during and just before our delivery periods.

We will also ask for specific donations at times between our lunch delivery periods, such as easter eggs and advent calendars.

Please keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date requirements.

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Please Support Us

Any monetary donations are very gratefully received, big or small, once or recurring.

To donate please click on the button below to be taken to our GoFundMe page. Thank You.

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Please Get Involved

Thank you so much for showing an interest in Woodley Lunch Bunch. If you would like to volunteer to help us out in our efforts to provide support to families in the local area please provide your details below.

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Our Amazing Supporters

Woodley Lunch Bunch would not be possible without the support of some amazing individuals and organisations. We would like to express our thanks to all of the organisations shown below for their support in financial grant access, amazing food contributions and support in getting setup. Thank You!

Of course none of this would be possible without our amazing band of volunteers, who give their time, effort, skill and fuel to enable Lunch Bunch to provide the meals to support our community.

Thank You All!!!!