What is FEAST?

Food – Entertainment – Arts – Sport – Together

School holidays can be pressure points for many families because of increased food and childcare costs and reduced incomes. For some children this can lead to an experience gap. In response to this issue, the Department for Education is providing local authorities with funding to coordinate a holiday programme offer combining provision of healthy food and enriching activities for children and young people who get benefits related free school meals.

The holiday activity and food (HAF) programme aims to reduce the opportunity gap and offer eligible children the chance to take part in fun and enriching activities over the school holidays. You can find out more about HAF in a brilliant video starring Marcus Rashford MBE below.

The County Council has commissioned North Yorkshire Together, a partnership between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth, as lead provider for the programme which will be branded as FEAST. FEAST stands for ‘food, entertainment, arts and sport together’.

The activity sessions will be available to all children and young people in North Yorkshire, but will be free to families eligible for benefits related free schools meals.

To make sure eligible families know about the programme we will be sending every child currently receiving free school meals information about FEAST. There will be online resources and inspiration that all families can enjoy, which North Yorkshire Together will be promoting throughout the Summer holidays.

Watch the video to learn more!

FAQ’s

What is FEAST all about?

FEAST is all about food, entertainment, activities and sport together. Children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits related free school meals can book onto our holiday activity sessions during the school holidays for free, where each day they’ll also receive a free hot meal or packed lunch. There are loads of activities to get involved in and they’re absolutely free! 

Am I eligible for free school meals?

You can find out more about eligibility for free school meals at www.northyorks.gov.uk/free-school-meals

Why am I eligble for a place?

Family budgets can be stretched during the school holidays, so the Department for Education is providing local authorities with funding to offer holiday activities to families of children and young people who are eligible for benefits related free school meals.

How do I book a place?

Places are limited, so please take a look at our What’s On page to find face-to-face activities close to where you live. You can book direct with providers using the contact details on each listing. When you book a place, you will need your unique code to get the sessions and food for free – this is on the letter you received from your school.

I've lost my letter, how do I find out my code?

If your child is currently receiving benefits related free school meals at a North Yorkshire school and you’ve lost your letter then we can let you know what your code is. Just email hello@northyorkshiretogether.co.uk

I didn’t get a letter but I do get free school meals, how can I find out my code?

If your child is currently receiving benefits related free school meals at a North Yorkshire school then we can let you know what your code is. Just email hello@northyorkshiretogether.co.uk

What sort of activities can I book?

The activities, events and experiences are varied and there’s something for everyone. There are art and music activities to help you get creative, and sport sessions to help you keep moving. Take a look at our What’s On page to see all the activities you can book onto, and find out what else you can do on our Virtual Events page.

How much can I get involved with?

You can mix and match the sessions you book using the same code with different providers. We hope that children will be able to try lots of different activities. Have a look at the listings on our What’s On page to see what’s happening in your area. Find out about our online resources on our Virtual Events page.

What food will be provided?

Children attending the activity sessions will get a hot meal or packed lunch. The provider you book with will be able to let you know what food will be provided at their sessions.

What do I need to take on the day?

The provider you book with will be able to let you know what to take on the day. Make sure you have a chat with them if you have any questions about what to bring.

How do I get my child(ren) to the activities?

There’s lots happening across the county and we hope you can find an activity near to where you live. If you don’t have access to transport and you’re worried about how you’ll get there, you can register to request assistance with transport, for other queries please email us at hello@northyorkshiretogether.co.uk

Are there activities for children and young people with a disability and/or special needs?

All children and young people in North Yorkshire who receive benefits related free school meals will receive a letter with a unique code, including pupils at SEND schools. Please take a look at what’s on in your area and talk to providers about whether those sessions will be suitable for your child.

What Covid safe procedures will be followed?

Providers will all be following the latest Government guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus and have carried out risk assessments.

Will there be any virtual events?

If you can’t make it to any events or activities in person, check out our online resources and video workshops on our Virtual Events page. There are also lots of activities and recipes in our FEASTive booklet to help families stay active and creative at home.

Who is delivering FEAST?

North Yorkshire County Council has commissioned North Yorkshire Together, a partnership between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth, as lead provider for the programme which is being branded as FEAST.

I'd like to speak to someone about FEAST

You can contact us by email at hello@northyorkshiretogether.co.uk. If you have a question about a specific activity or provider please contact them direct using the information on their listing.

I have a concern about a child’s welfare

In an emergency, you should call 999.

Every provider taking part in FEAST has provided North Yorkshire Together with a copy of their safeguarding policy and insurance details, and has completed our Safeguarding Checklist. 

If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a young person taking part in FEAST, you should telephone 01609 780780 or email children&families@northyorks.gov.ukMore information can be found at https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/about-us/worried-about-a-child/

I need financial support

The Department for Work and Pensions has recently given North Yorshire County Council funding to make sure families who might be struggling, and feeling the financial pressures of paying their bills over the winter, get additional help.

The Household Support Fund will see supermarket e-vouchers provided to people in North Yorkshire who receive means-tested council tax support or reduction and have a child under the age of 19 living at home. People who are eligible can claim their e-voucher payment of £250 to pay for food and other essentials over the coming months and we have written to people who are eligible with information about how to claim. Find more information about the Household Support Fund, and other sources of financial support, at www.northyorks.gov.uk/householdsupportfund

Can I request supermarket or monetary vouchers from FEAST?

The FEAST programme does not distribute supermarket vouchers or any other vouchers with monetary value.

The funding for the FEAST programme is separate from that for supermarket vouchers such as the Covid Winter Grant, scheme which was funded by the Department of Work & Pensions.

FEAST is an unrelated initiative funded by the Department for Education to offer eligible children the chance to take part in fun and enriching activities over the school holidays.

If you need financial support, please see the below funds to see if you are eligible or get in touch with North Yorkshire County Council:

https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/household-support-fund

https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/local-assistance-fund

https://www.warmandwell.org.uk/