One of these joint projects during the spring and summer of 2020, was to provide lunch packs to help local young people access healthy food daily during lockdown. Leaving home to collect these lunch packs was in line with the government lockdown guidelines around exercise and accessing food. Some special provisions were also made for people unable to leave their home.
The packs included fruit, cereal bars, crisps, and water, and were available to be collected in person each weekday from NYCC in Edmonton Green Market Square As well as advertising the offering through existing Bountagu and NYCC channels, NYCC also utilised their outreach workers to connect with and promote a safe and healthy lifestyle to the young people they came across. Many young people engaged positively and many followed up by coming to NYCC’s drop in centre and receiving mental health support.