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Many of us will give up chocolate or alcohol for Lent but we're asking Oasis supporters to give up one lunch and donate £5 to tackle school holiday hunger.
We have launched a text campaign and we hope people will skip a sandwich in Lent and text PLATEUP to 70085 to give £5*
‘We want to provide a free lunch for up to 3,000 children from families on a low income,’ says Oasis founder, the Rev. Steve Chalke.’ If we can raise £15,000 we’ll be able to plate up 37,500 lunches across our Community Hubs in London Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Grimsby.
Oasis works in deprived communities where as many as 59% of families live below the poverty line, affecting the lives of 30,000 children. About half of these are entitled to school lunches but when these stop as term ends, parents are under enormous pressure to find money for extra meals.
‘Parents often skip meals themselves or live off cereal so their children can eat. Children as young as five are going hungry.’ says Steve Chalke. ‘We are working with local authorities, businesses, faith groups, and other charities to offer holiday projects where young people will have access to a daily free lunch plus activities such as sports, arts and crafts and music.’
*Texts cost your donation amount plus a standard rate message.
To give another amount up to £20 text PLATEUP and the amount, eg 'PLATEUP 10' to give £10 or 'PLATEUP 20' to give £20