Gagan Mohindra MP visited the Fit, Fed & Read Festival, which forms part of the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme – known locally in Hertfordshire as the HAPpy project.
HAF is a DfE funded programme – co-ordinated by Hertfordshire County Council - which aims to counter the triple inequalities of social isolation, physical inactivity and holiday hunger, faced by the country’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. In Hertfordshire the programme offers 76,500 places on 221 schemes being run over the school summer holiday period.
The Fit, Fed & Read festival is the culmination of the Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership’s (HSP) HAPpy project and featured over 400 of Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, from low income families.
Gagan said "It was great to visit the Fit, Fed & Read Festival at the University of Hertfordshire. This fantastic summer holiday programme provides fun education sessions, physical activities and nutritious lunches for children. It was great to see so many smiles after what has been a tough year for young people!"