With West Ham United's home borough of Newham, and neighbouring Tower Hamlets experiencing significant problems with poverty and inequality, tackling these issues is an important part of the club's community work.
Almost 70,000 children in east London and west Essex are eligible for free school meals, and during school holidays some children won't get fed.
To help combat this, West Ham United Foundation, through a unique partnership with the Morrisons Foundation, offered a number of free three-day multi sport and health based programme for 5-11 year olds whose families are eligible for Free School Meals, Tax Credits, Job Seekers Allowance, any other kind of benefit or are unemployed.
Furthermore, over Christmas, West Ham stars were special guests at Full Hearts Full Tummies, an annual event where parents and children are invited to watch a Christmas play and enjoy a festive meal.
Full Hearts Full Tummies was set up by Stratford Circus three years ago to provide a fun and unforgettable experience to local disadvantaged families.
- The Holiday Hunger programme helps children at risk of going hungry.
- In the 2017/18 season:
- 1,398 healthy meals provided
- 314 individuals reached
- 21 healthy living workshops for children
- Five parent workshops
- 68% of children able to identify a healthy lifestyle following the programme
- The programme links with charities such as Crisis and CGL Newham Rise