MORE than 2,000 families across the borough were provided with a food box to support them through the school holidays.

The Good Food Boxes were provided for 2,228 families which helped to support 4,128 children and contained nutritional meals as well as activities to keep children occupied.

The meals were provided as part of the Healthy Holidays Scheme which makes sure that children who are eligible for free school meals have access to food throughout the holiday periods.

Fresh fruit, cupboard essentials such as pasta and bread, as well as other items to help children to stay healthy and active.

Wendy Lowder, executive director for adults and communities, said: "It's fantastic that we've been able to offer the Good Food Boxes over the school holidays, supporting families who might need extra help in accessing food and activities to keep healthy.”

“It's been amazing to see the value of working together to deliver the programme across the borough - I'd like to thank all the volunteers who have supported with the programme, our Healthier Communities Team, in-house catering team, family centres and libraries staff and our partners Berneslai Homes and Wates."