VOLUNTEERS are helping Keighley children stave off hunger during the school holidays.

Regeneration group Big Local is giving out family food hampers as part of its Healthy Holidays programme of play sessions.

Big Local, which operates in 'Keighley Valley' neighbourhoods around the River Worth, wanted to make up for the loss of school dinners during the summer break.

Big Local coordinator Shaun O'Hare said there were still a few spaces left on the Healthy Holidays scheme towards the end of this month.

He said: "All of the play sessions include a 'food component' and are aimed at those families in receipt of free school meals.

"We recognise not all families can take part in the activities  but still have mouths to feed, so the activity boxes are made available to a much wider reach of the community via the Hainworth Wood Online Shop.

"These holiday food boxes are packed with all the ingredients for a delicious and healthy meal for a family. The box includes fresh food, recipe and instructions for a fun and simple meal which adults and kids will enjoy making together.

"On the menu early this month were rainbow stir fry with egg noodles, egg fried rice and fruit kebabs."

To be eligible for a box, families should have a child on free school meals or equivalent, such as being on low income, unemployed or receiving benefits, or have a child with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).

The boxes are put together by Get Out More – Keighley Big Local’s play team – and the Healthy Growth Initiative funded by Give Bradford, TLG and the Department for Education.

Once they have signed up online, families can collecy their boxes from Hainworth Wood Community Centre, on Woodhouse Road, at a specific time.

Visit getoutmorecic.co.uk/takepart/all-for-play for further information.