Support for families struggling to feed their children during the half-term has grown with more retailers getting involved.
Last week, numerous retailers took to social media to inform their customers that they would offer free lunches for children in half-term following the government’s decision not to extend free school meals during holidays despite a heavily-supported petition launched by footballer Marcus Rashford.
This showing of goodwill prompted more retailers to show their support for communities by offering free meals during half-term.
Raaj Chandarana of Tara’s Londis in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire posted the following on Twitter to invite parents or guardians to come into his store if they need a packed lunch for their children. He also offered to drop lunches to people’s houses in case they weren’t comfortable coming to the store.
We stand by all the families in #highwycombe No child will go hungry this week!— Raaj Chandarana (@raaj_c) October 25, 2020
We’ll be giving a free lunch to any child accompanied by an adult between 11am - 1pm.
No purchase required, no judgement, no strings.
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Wiltshire-based Connolly Spar spent much of the weekend preparing lunches for anyone who needs them during the half-term.
Nisa Castle Stores in Chelmsford, Essex also put out an offer on social media for anyone struggling.
We are doing our bit too help out during #halfterm giving out #FreeSchoolMeals from our local #Nisa Convenience Store. See below for details. #chelmsford#essex@NisaRetail@MarcusRashfordpic.twitter.com/oppbM9zRw3— Nisa Castle Stores (@NisaCastleStore) October 25, 2020
Surjeet Singh Notay of Notay’s Convenience Store in Batley, West Yorkshire, thanked his community for their support and donations which have enabled him to upgrade his offering to a full meal deal for families in his area.
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