As you may know, on October 21st the Free School Meals Opposition motion was out into the world. In 2019, 1.3 million children claimed free school meals, in January 2020 that went up to 1.4 million. Labour’s attempt to extend free school meals, which was successful over the Easter term earlier this year alongside the Summer holidays – weirdly didn’t pass this October half term. So I guess it’s down to us! Here’s some businesses that care about the community and have supplied Free school meals – but not in school?
Lush in Bath posted on their Insta on Sunday 25th October how during this half term, their shop and spa manager will be donating part of their salary towards free lunch bags for children around the Bath area.
Offering alternatives for vegetarians, @cascarabath (a Vegan café) also helped out by donating fruit to the lunch bags! Here’s the stories below:
Marcus Rashford (uh, yeah, the Manchester United footballer with almost 4 million followers!) posted to his Twitter how Basingstoke’s ‘The Tea Bar’ were offering free school meals during the school holiday, gaining a lot of recognition towards the business! They offered bangers & mash, loads of fruit and juice as well as cookies, sausage casserole and cottage pie! All info found on their Facebook page.
The Apollo Hotel also took part in this idea, offering sandwiches, crisps, biscuits, juice, fruit and yoghurt!
Lakaz Maman, Café Thrive, Kuti’s Brasserie and TheBadgeMan Ltd took part in giving away lunches over Southampton. Even Rice Up Wholefoods took part – another vegan business! Full list of businesses that took part below!
The One Reading Community Hub / Reading Borough Council helped to provide meals for children around the Borough, including offers from the University of Reading to provide some hot meals!
How can you help towards this for the future? For now, @amillionhungrychildren on Instagram has e-mail templates to send to your constituency MP who may of voted against this campaign.
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