Many businesses and communities in Wales have come together by offering free meals for children during half term.

The subject has been a huge talking point after the Conservative UK Government rejected a motion to continue the much-publicised free school meals programme during the holidays in England.

In Wales, however, free school meal provision will continue for eligible pupils this half term and for all school holidays up to and including Easter 2021.

The £11m scheme was confirmed on Thursday, October 15 by Education Minister Kirsty Williams.

Despite this, many businesses in Wales are offering their support to any families who may need it.

Here are the places in Wales offering free meals for children this half term...

Maisies Streetfood & Bar: Swansea

Maisie's Street Food and Bar in Uplands, Swansea

Maisies Streetfood & Bar has homemade meals available for children in Swansea.

Some of the options include Penne Arrabbiata, hot dog and chips, chicken nuggets and chips and veggie burger and chips. 

Maisies is offering collection from 4pm-6pm from Tuesday, October 27 to Friday, October 30.

You can call 01792 518768 to place your order. Proof of entitlement to free school meals must be provided.

Where: 39 Uplands Crescent, SA2 ONP

The Star Inn - Treoes, near Bridgend

The award-winning pub and restaurant, located in the village of Treoes, is offering free hot meals for children from Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30 between 12-3pm.

In a video message posted on Facebook by landlord Mark Newbold, he urged anyone who requires a free meal for their children to get in touch.

He said: "From Monday, October 26, we are prepared to offer a selection of hot meals for the children that would usually receive a hot meal free during their week in school.

"If you know any family or you know any children that may require hot food, please give us a call.

"We are prepared to deliver a hot meal to that family for the children from Monday to Friday."

Where: Treoes, Bridgend, CF35 5DH, 01656 658458

The Crispy Cod: Rhondda

Mathew Williams, owner of The Crispy Cod

The award-winning fish and chip shop is offering free child's meals between 12-2pm from Mondays to Wednesdays for the next two weeks.

Owner Mathew Williams shared a video on social media, he said: "Being a father of two children myself, I would never want to see my children go hungry.

"Myself and my staff have all agreed that we will kindly donate sausage and chips, chips and curry or chips and gravy in a cone, one per child.

"We want to help the community."

Where: 168 Gelli Road, CF41 7NA, 01443 434888

Maddocks General Store: Llanelli

The family-run village store is offering a free packed lunch to any child that needs one during half term.

The business is asking people to call or message to arrange collection from the store.

Where: 1 Heol y Bryn, Upper Tumble SA14 6DP, 01269 839463

Chippy Chippy - Holyhead

The fish and chip shop in North Wales is also offering free children's meals, such as sausage, chips and beans or chicken nuggets, chips and beans to those who need them.

The business has said that it will do its best to keep the offer going while the need is there - with people in the area also donating money to help.

Writing on Facebook, the chip shop said: "As always privacy is very important and the meals will be delivered by our volunteers in their own cars.

"If your hesitating, or feel embarrassed please dont. Everyone is the same boat due to something that is way out of our control.

"The people have donated have done so to help you. Send me message or you can call the shop from 3.30pm."

Where: Number 5, Stanley Crescent, LL651DD, 07426 726786

The Refreshment Rooms: Cymmer

The pub and restaurant located in the Afan valley is providing free packed lunches for any children within the upper Afan valley who need them over the half term week.

Writing on social media, the business said: "In light of recent Government news myself and Neil at the Refresh would like to try and help.

"We can provide free packed lunches for any children within the upper Afan valley who need them over the half term week.

"Whilst we know there is a limited amount of funding provided by the Government this little bit of help can hopefully ease the burden at these worrying times.

"This offer is available to any family that needs it whether you receive Government funding or not.

"Give me a ring on 850901 a day in advance to arrange the lunches and sort collection.

"All calls are in confidence and not discussed with anyone other than Neil and myself."

Where: The Old Station, Cymmer, SA13 3HY, 01639 850901

Morrisons

Supermarket Morrisons is preparing lunch boxes to help feed children this half term.

Staff at 498 stores will make 30 lunch boxes a day over the school break - working out at 14,940 lunches - packaging donated by distribution company Bunzl.

The lunchboxes will be handed to local food banks and schools so get them to children in need.

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

McDonald’s

The fast food chain has signed up to join England star Marcus Rashford’s Child Food Poverty Task Force to end child food poverty.

Paul Pomroy, McDonald UK & Ireland CEO said: “It is incumbent upon everyone to help one another in these uncertain times and we are proud to lend our support the Child Food Poverty Task Force.

"This campaign is incredibly important to ensure no child ever goes without food.

"Our partnerships with FareShare and Food Drop have seen us deliver hundreds of thousands of tonnes of milk, bread, eggs, salad and fresh produce to those most vulnerable in our society and we will continue to support communities in need.”

Pontardulais Golf Club

Starting from Tuesday, October 27 until Monday, November 9, you can collect a meal from The Clubhouse at Pontardulais Golf Club.

The club said: "We know times are really hard at the moment. We don’t want to get into politics and the #freeschoolmeals situation, but we are parents ourselves and we just can’t bear the thought of any child going hungry regardless, so over the lockdown.

"We would like to offer some yummy lunch packs for anyone in the area who may be struggling to feed their little ones."

Where: Allt-Y-Graban Rd, Pontlliw, Swansea, SA4 9DT 01792 882322 or 07873815877

Giants Grave Boys & Girls Club - Mini & juniors: Briton Ferry

Writing on its Facebook page, the club said: "If you have free school dinners, waiting on wages, short of money or simply don’t fancy cooking.

"Whatever the reason, no proof/explanation needed.... If you can inbox SHARON 07494 966980, so we have a rough idea how many we need and if we need to go get more."

Where: Parc Newydd, SA11 2LW, 07494 966980

Find out more about food and drink in your area:

PHO - Cardiff

The Vietnamese restaurant is giving out free children’s meals to vulnerable children.

"We are pledging to give 6,000 meals from our restaurants that are currently open," it said.

"Starting at midday on Monday we will give out 50 meals a day (veggie fried rice and a piece of fresh fruit) from each of our restaurants.

"These will be available at the front of our restaurants for people who need them."

Due to the firebreak lockdown, the Cardiff restaurant will open at 4pm and the meals will be available then.

Where: 5-10 Church Street, Cardiff, CF101BG, 029 2269 0020.

Swansea City loanee Morgan Gibbs-White and partner Britney De Villiers

Morgan Gibbs-White and partner Britney De Villiers

It's not only businesses which are offering support.

Morgan Gibbs-White and his partner Britney De Villiers have urged fans to throw their backing behind Marcus Rashford's free school meals campaign.

Posting the following message on social media, Britney De Villiers said: "With everything going on right now I can't even stomach the thought of anyone going to bed without a meal to eat.

"Morgan and I want to help where we can. If you or any of your family or friends are struggling to eat or feed your children then please drop me a direct message and we can organise a Tesco voucher to be left at Tesco in Swansea for you, or posted through your door for you to do some food shopping.

"If you're unable to do it yourself, then I can get food dropped to your house. No-one should go hungry right now and please do not feel embarrassed at all because there's nothing to be embarrassed about. I didn't come from a lot so I know how tough times can be.

"Please let me know if you are in need of help right now, everything will remain confidential."

Is your business helping out, but not on this list? Email [email protected]