This summer holiday, Academy, an Atalian Servest company, chefs are supporting the Play Street initiative.

School holidays can be an incredibly difficult time for some families, with schools shut, there may be additional costs that parents need to cover. These extra costs can include food and childcare, which combined with potentially reduced incomes, can result in some children experiencing ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health.

We are happy to be supporting disadvantaged families across the UK, partnering with ForHousing to provide cooking demonstrations at their Play Street sessions. These demonstrations will be for the whole family, providing tips on healthy cooking, as well as providing a free recipe set for them to recreate the meals at home.

Martyn Stockwin, Operations Director, said: “Holiday hunger is a longstanding issue, but it has never been more urgent. The last 18 months have resulted in changing circumstances for many parents, this is why we believe it is more important than ever to support the ForHousing campaign. Our cooking demonstrations will give parents and children the inspiration and knowledge they need to cook healthy recipes at home.”

Chris Ince, Chef Director, said: “As a chef, I know how you can easily create healthy, balanced meals on a low budget. This summer, together with other Academy chefs, I’m looking forward to sharing some tips to help educate and inspire the next generation.”

Hydration is an incredibly important issue during the summer, Academy are pleased to have joined up with Smartwater to provide each attendee at the sessions a free bottle of water to help them stay hydrated.

Play Streets – ForHousing Initiative

Play Streets is an initiative by ForHousing working in partnership with the local community and providers. It is a holiday provision for 5 – 12yr olds that provides a fun and safe place to be active and learn, coupled with the provision of healthy food option to help combat holiday hunger.

The project is aimed at families with children aged 5–12-year-old living in ForHousing neighbourhoods (Eccles, Irlam, Switon, Cadishead, and Little Hulton (Salford), Stockbridge Village (Knowsley), Fitton Hill (Oldham) which are some of the most deprived areas in the North West.

Academy, previously Catering Academy, was founded in 2004 and acquired by the Atalian Servest Group in 2016. Academy is a dynamic, fresh and vibrant catering company that has built a reputation for offering innovative catering and ancillary service solutions to a wide range of clients across the healthcare and education sectors. Academy focuses on providing well balanced, wholesome and tasty meals that support health and wellbeing. As an Atalian Servest company, Academy is backed by world class resources.