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National Picnic Week

National Picnic Week

Did you know that it’s national picnic week this week? What better excuse to get outdoors with your nearest and dearest and enjoy some food together?

The best thing about picnics are being outside and that children love them. They don’t even have to be complicated. Simply eating lunch on a blanket outside is an exciting activity that they’ll enjoy. Grab a few soft toys, and you’ve got yourself a teddy bear’s picnic!

What is the ultimate picnic food?

I think everybody has a picnic memory or favourite picnic food. We asked Valley House staff for their ultimate picnic food. Here’s what they said:

  • samosas
  • cheese and crackers
  • beef baguettes
  • strawberries
  • hot dog sausages

What’s your favourite picnic food?

The best spot?

The picnic table in our community garden.

Picnics are a great way to eat outdoors in parks, woodlands and the beach. A simple blanket can transform almost anywhere into a good place to eat.

If you want to travel a bit further, to enjoy National Picnic Week and visit a park or nature reserve, please ensure that you follow social distancing guidelines and take all your litter home, if there are no bins provided. We are taking advantage of our beautiful community garden this week. A great venue for picnics for both staff and service users. And a great opportunity to spend some time in nature.

Food insecurity in the UK

Unfortunately, not every family has the resources for picnics. Did you know that over the summer there is a surge in foodbank usage? The Coronavirus has impacted the household incomes of many, meaning the number of families who need to access foodbanks could be much higher than previous years.

Premier league footballer Marcus Rashford wrote an open letter to the prime minister asking to keep the provision of school meals over the summer break. Having experience of needing foodbanks as a child, Rashford is passionate about supporting those in food insecurity. Initially, the request to provide school meals over the summer break was turned down. This triggered a flood of support for the cause, supported predominantly by Rashford, a host of high-profile celebrities and members of public. This encouraged the government to re-evaluate their original decision and now free school meals will be provided over the summer break.

How can you help hungry families?

If you want to help those in food insecurity, donating to a foodbank is a great way to help. You can do this at most supermarkets. Simply pick up a few extra groceries and pop them in a collection trolley after you’ve paid. To find out more about Coventry foodbanks, click here.