Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme

School holidays can be difficult for some families. The cost of extra food, childcare, and activities to keep the children active and entertained can be challenging.

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is a scheme funded by the Department for Education. It gives children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals the opportunity to take part in fun, enriching activities and receive a healthy meal. It runs during Easter, summer, and Christmas school holidays.

Watch the video below to see some of the activity sessions in action.

Places on the holiday schemes are available free of charge to children aged 5-16 who receive free school meals. Each programme will provide delicious, healthy meals, allow kids to get active, help them learn new things, make friends, and have fun.

All of the sessions must be booked via our partner site Manchester Active. And, if you’re looking for even more fun ideas – take a look at our school holiday guide.

Two young people sat at a table doing craft activities.
Image credit: Manchester City Council

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