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HAF programme information for food suppliers and nutrition experts

Activities delivered under the holiday activities and food programme (HAF) are required to provide at least one meal a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and have an element of nutritional education.  

All food provided (including snacks) must:

  • meet the school food standards
  • comply with regulations on food preparation
  • take into account allergies, dietary requirements and preferences as well as any religious or cultural food requirements. 

Our expectation is that the majority of food served by providers will be hot, however, we acknowledge that there will be occasions when this is not possible and that a cold alternative should be used.

Nutritional education sessions do not need to be formal and could include activities such as getting the children involved in preparing and cooking food, growing fruit and vegetables and taste tests.

If you have experience and knowledge around food and nutrition and feel you could support holiday activity providers with the delivery of the nutritional education section of the holiday activities and food programme grant criteria, we want to hear from you.

We ran a pilot programme over the Easter 2021 holiday and will be delivering more activities over the summer and Christmas holidays. Please keep checking back with us as we will update our information regularly.

What to do if you want to get involved

BCP Council has created the Access to Food Map which shows the variety of community food support available throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and plots in one place information on community meals, cooked meal delivery and cooking workshops, as well as food banks and social supermarkets. Follow the link below to view the map:

if you provide subsidised community food (whether it be meals or education projects) which meet the required standards, please ensure you are on the Access to Food Map. You can submit your details via this form

If you are a food/nutrition education enterprise, please email  We are keen to make activity providers aware of you. 

Click here for details of local holiday activity providers. You could contact them directly to discuss how you could support them with a future HAF application.   

As a food or nutritional education provider you may also wish to put in an application to take part in the HAF programme or work in partnership with other activity providers.  We welcome applications from a range of providers who can meet the required standards.

We will shortly be inviting grant applications for summer 2021 provision. Further information about the programme and the grant application process for summer 2021 will be added to the HAF funding and grant information page. Please keep checking back with us as we update our information regularly.

Applications to take part in the programme can be made individually or can be made in partnership in order to deliver the aims of the programme and we look forward to receiving creative applications whereby two or more organisations present a joint application.