Supermarket giant Morrisons is giving away 15,000 free school lunches a day over half term, including in Lancashire.

Staff at nearly 500 stores will be making 30 lunch boxes each day over the school holiday break.

They will then distribute them to local food banks and schools who will then pass them on to children in need.

The lunch box includes a freshly sandwich, a piece of fruit and a Soreen snack pack.

Morrisons has stores in Morecambe, Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, Thornton-Cleveleys, Leyland, Kirkham, Chorley, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Nelson and Southport.

LancsLive reported last week how community groups, shops and churches across Lancashire have answered calls to provide free school meals to children over half-term.

They were hailed by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford after a campaign to extend the scheme was defeated in Parliament.

Rebecca Singleton , community director at Morrisons, said: “We want to do our bit to ensure that as many school children as possible can eat good, nutritious food while they are out of school.

"We will be delighted if customers are also able to donate food in our stores to help fight holiday hunger."

Morrisons is also offering customers an easy way to support those in need with ‘Pick Up Packs’ distributed to young people.

The packs’ cost between £1 and £5 and have a nutritionally balanced mix of food products inside requested by food banks and schools according to their needs.

The parcels are available at the front of all Morrisons stores and are paid for at the checkout and dropped off on the way out for delivery to those in need.

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