Congratulations to everyone involved in the Food and Fun initiative following the presentation of the inaugural University of Aberdeen Principal’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.
The honour was announced during the ceremony to install Professor George Boyne as Principal and Vice-Chancellor last month. Led by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay, it was a special occasion and a pleasure to attend in my role as Co-Leader.
For one of the Council’s projects to be recognised on the night was a source of great pride.
Food and Fun is a wonderful example of partnership working and the positive impact that can be made on the lives of young people.
Originally trialled by Aberdeen City Council in 2017 to provide free school meals during the summer holiday period to pupils of three schools, we pressed ahead with expansion plans earlier this year to provide a further 10,000 free meals over the summer, October and Easter breaks in the 2018/19 school year.
Food and Fun focuses on our key regeneration areas and, as the name suggests, incorporates an activity programme to engage with young people. Our partners have helped deliver a wonderful programme and our thanks go to: AFC Community Trust; CFINE; Sport Aberdeen Active Schools team; Russell Anderson Foundation; SportScotland.
Giving young people the best possible start in life, and the opportunity to fulfil their potential, is at the heart of our ambitions for the city – this project has really demonstrated that approach in action and we’re delighted to have been able to fund the initiative.
We’re very grateful to everyone who has played a part in its success – from the Council staff who have shaped the project to the valued partners and community volunteers right through to the parents and youngsters who have embraced Food and Fun.
Cllr Douglas Lumsden