There are more than 11,000 children in Brighton who find the school holidays difficult. Low-income families have the extra pressure during the holidays to find additional money for lunches, which are usually provided free during term time at school. Chomp has provided over 3,000 meals since Easter 2013, making a difference to over 150 families across Brighton.
Chomp is an initiative run by One Church Brighton. At Chomp lunch clubs, which are run during the school holidays, children and families have an opportunity to socialise, engage in fun activities and eat a nutritious meal. Chomp is aimed at children that are entitled to free school meals during term time but is open to any low-income family experiencing social isolation or financial difficulties during school holidays.
Families are referred to One Church for Chomp by schools, health workers, children’s centres, and food banks – by professionals who know which families would most benefit from a nutritional meal and social activities.
Chomp events at Fabrica take place amongst the current exhibition and give attendees an opportunity to interact and explore the current show through relaxed and fun art sessions suitable for the whole family and led by in-house artist, Helen Goodwin, as well an opportunity to come together to enjoy a delicious, social lunch time meal.
Both the food provided and the projects will be closely or more loosely related to the current show. For the Ipek Duben They/Onlar exhibition about Turkish minorities, the Food menu was Vegetarian Tagine with dips and hummus and the activity consisted of Children drawing round each other, cutting out shapes and decorating them to create a human yurt (Inspired by the nomads of Turky and their Yurt homes).
"The level of value given to the children, the artist effort and the quality of teaching they received was excellent. I would put it on a par with that received on my (expensive!) degree course. Also, the level of understanding and compassion shown for the children was rare and lovely. My very boisterous 3-year-old was treated as an explorer and not a nuisance. Babies were held so parents could eat. This made it so relaxing and restorative."