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Asda healthy holiday fund helps local groups keep summer hunger at bay

ANTRIM charities Home-Start and Globe Afterschool Club enjoyed a summer of fun following a grant of £500 each from Asda Antrim through the Asda Foundation’s new Healthy Holiday Fund which aims to fight holiday hunger.

The Asda donation enabled Home-Start in Antrim to provide a selection of non-perishable food to the families they support.

Mary O’Connell, Home-Start Scheme Organiser, explained: “Home-Start, Antrim District was delighted to receive the £500 donation from Asda’s Healthy Holiday Fund.

“As a direct result of the funding boost, we were able to provide healthy food boxes for the 20 families and 73 children we support.

“We purchased the food through Asda’s home delivery service - and a lovely young man called William delivered it to our office.

“He was fantastic and still smiling after carrying 30 crates up a huge flight of stairs.

“We would like to thank Asda for its continued support of the local community.

“We work closely with the families and see first-hand how the parents struggle to put food on the table for their children, especially during the summer months.”

Globe Afterschool Club provides after support for children between four and 12.

Ann-Marie, Co-ordinator of Globe Afterschool said: “We are extremely grateful to the team in Asda Antrim for their generosity and support.

“The wonderful donation allowed us to provide healthy food, snacks and run cooking classes for our local children.

“ We can’t thank Asda enough for the difference that it is making in the local community.”

Barbara Logan, Asda Antrim’s Community Champion, said: “An important part of my role as an Asda Community Champion is being out in the community, so I am privileged to be able to support Home-Start and Globe Afterschool Club through the Healthy Holiday Fund.

“We understand families can find it difficult to entertain children over the school holiday period and sometimes find the increased cost of catering for their children a challenge, so I am proud the Asda Foundation’s Healthy Holiday Fund has eased some of the pressure.”

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