Havant Conservative Councillors including Cllr Mike Fairhurst & Cllr Yvonne Weeks have secured much-needed funding to help ensure that the MUNCH project can keep its doors open.
MUNCH is the name of a project set up to provide pupils who normally receive free school meals with a meal during the holidays. The project also provides activities and ensures that young people have someone to talk to.
The MUNCH community food project ensures that no child will go hungry during the holidays. Where there is significant need the parents/carers will also be able to access a meal. The staff and volunteers work with supermarket schemes and Food Share to ensure that they are able to access good quality ingredients at little or no cost.
There is also a Community Fridge available which provides fresh produce for local people. This is stocked with donations from Fare Share, a charitable organisation which saves and distributes food which would otherwise go to waste.
All the food at lunchtime is freshly prepared with a choice of sandwiches and salads, a hot main course and a pudding. There is also fresh fruit and juices. The quality of the food is excellent and the headteacher & chef responsible are genuinely enthusiastic about the scheme.
The school’s motto is 'more than just a school' and this is evident. There is a farm, allotment, and orchard which provide produce for the school, an offside centre for teaching pupils construction skills and an offsite print shop which also gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills.
Park Community is a state of the art school and we are proud to have it in the heart of our community providing an excellent education to our young people.