Communities across the nation have been helping to feed youngsters this half term – and this has included the community of Cheadle. Takeaways, supermarkets and community leaders are among those locally who are offering the food to youngsters following an appeal by Premier League footballer Marcus Rashford after the House of Commons voted against proposals to extend free school meals to the half term.
Communities across the nation have been helping to feed youngsters this half term – and this has included the community of Cheadle.
Takeaways, supermarkets and community leaders are among those locally who are offering the food to youngsters following an appeal by Premier League footballer Marcus Rashford after the House of Commons voted against proposals to extend free school meals to the half term.
Morrisons in Cheadle are donating lunch box meals to youngsters in the area.
A spokesman for Morrisons said: “During the school holidays, parents of children who have free school meals during term time may not be able to provide enough food for their children.
“An important part of our ‘Feeding the Nation’ pledge is to ensure we work with schools and food banks to provide food for children who need it the most. That’s why we’re pleased to say that this week we’ll be donating lunch boxes to the people who need our support the most.
“Our Community Champion Janet Calderhead will be working with local schools and food banks to understand how many families need support and how we can get these packs to the right people quickly. If you know of any groups that we could help, please get in touch.
“We’re also asking our customers to play their part through our food bank pick up pack initiative. This will prompt our customers to donate by buying the packs from our food bank cages at the front of the store.”
To ask for help from Morrisons in feeding your children this half term, email email@example.com orcall 01538 752703 dial 9 and ask for Janet Calderhead.
The Gold Fish Bowl Chip Shop in Chapel Street, Cheadle is running a special half term offer up until tomorrow – Thursday, October 29.
Between midday and 2pm, they are offering up to three free children’s meals (of either nuggets and chips, fish fingers and chips, or small sausage and chips plus a juice carton and a choice of fresh fruit) with any paying adult meal.
Over in Werrington, The Cabin is offering to drop off a box of food to families in need.
A spokesman for the Cabin stated on their Facebook page: “Genuine offer to anyone that thinks they are going to struggle during half term with their kids lunch.
“Drop me a message and I will help. I will drop a box to you with enough basics to help for a week.
“I will leave in a safe place for you. No questions. No judgement. Never mentioned again. No children should go hungry. 2020 has been bad enough as it is let’s all stick together.
“We are also in partnership with Funky Fillerz. They are donating 15 packed lunches free of charge daily which will include a drink, bap, snack, fruit and yoghurt. This is on top of the essentials box we are happy do drop off to you should you need one to just help a little this week.
“No questions asked whatsoever and completely confidential, please send a private message via the facebook page it is checked 24/7.”
A community leader has also stated he will help any families in need of food for their youngsters this half term.
Councillor Jamie Evans posted on his Facebook page last week: “Just seen the Government has voted not to help out with the free school meals over half term and Christmas holidays.
“If you are effected by this and need a meal or two please do not hesitate in messaging me and I’ll happily help you.
“Please do not be embarrassed to ask for help. Nobody deserves to go hungry especially children.”
Meanwhile, thousands of low-income families across Staffordshire are being offered financial support over half term.
Staffordshire County Council is promising a £15 voucher to the families of up to 18,000 children, which can be used in major supermarkets on food or essential supplies for this October half term.
The scheme has been administered through schools and is essentially available to families of children who are eligible for free school meals during term time.
Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: “We know that times are hard for many families at the moment, with increased pressures on household budgets, so we wanted to help those in greater need to ensure that children can get a decent meal through the holiday.”
The scheme is being funded through the county council’s allocation of the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies from Defra.
Councillor Sutton added: “The county council has said throughout this pandemic that it will do whatever it can to help the people of Staffordshire through this crisis, whether it’s backing businesses, supporting volunteer groups, helping the vulnerable and, now, supporting families who have been affected by recent events.”
FOR more news of community spirit in helping the youngsters of our area, see page 8 regarding the launch of the Cheadle Toy Bank.
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