Restaurants, cafes, local councils, and stores across England have pledged to join Footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to feed vulnerable children over half-term with offers of meals, food vouchers, hampers and direct payments to parents.
The Manchester United star said he was ‘blown away’ by an outpouring of offers of free meals for vulnerable children, tweeting: ‘Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know.’
Earlier this week, MPs voted not to extend the free school meals scheme in England so that it covers the school holidays until Easter 2021.
But where can vulnerable children go for free meals this half term?
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Here is all you need to know.
Which restaurant chains will give out free school meals over half term?
Some big chain restaurants have already signed up to Marcus Rashford’s campaign to feed vulnerable families.
McDonald’s has offered one million free meals for families over the October half term, in partnership with charity FareShare.
Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s for UK & Ireland, said of the deal with FareShare: ‘As a business, we are committed to supporting and serving the communities in which we operate.
‘In these challenging times, we know it’s more important than ever to support those most in need.’
Other chain restaurants include Vietnamese street food restaurants Pho, Huffkins bakery, Big Smoke breweries, QOOT (which owns brands such as Chloe and The Lebanese Bakery) – and the list keeps growing.
Which local restaurants will give out free school meals?
The list of local restaurants giving out free school meals this half term is easily in the hundreds.
Here are some of them:
Businesses who have promised to offer free school meals over half term
Local businesses and organisations:
The Greystones – Sheffield
Kingfisher Fish and Chips – Hull
The Courtyard – Birmingham
Farm Fresh – Nottingham
Rayrayz – Liverpool
Birchwood Autumn – West Lancashire
EJF Buffets and Banquets – Solihull
St James Church – Rawstenall
The Loft Cafe Bar – Bingley
The Gilt Rooms – Essex
Oliver’s – Surrey
Delphine Fish and Chips – Heeley
Pearson’s Bar – Hull
Toast 2 roast – St Helens
The Panda Club – Liverpool
Manjaros – Middlesbrough
Mumtaz – Leeds
Barry’s Tearoom – Cumbria
The Rhubarb Shed Cafe – Sheffield
The Vale Cafe – Rothbury
Warrens Fruit and Veg – Watford
Jenny’s Brackley – Brackley
The Fun House – Whitehaven
Jo’s Place – Wilmslow
Bowring Park Cafe – Shropshire
Greenfields Farm – Telford
Minikin Art Cafe – Manchester
Babuls – Teesdale
The Sandwich Shop – Rotherham
Khandoker – Didsbury
The Hawthorne – Warrington
The Watering Can – Liverpool
The Pudding Pantry – Nottingham
Patna – Leek
Astoria Bar – Urmston
Belluno – Devon
Aubergine Cafe – Wirral
The Crown Inn – Bristol
The Courtyard – Wigan
The Handsworth – Sheffield
Bakers – Bolton
Lucid Games/Tranmere Rovers – Wirral
Royal and Derngate – Northampton
The VIllage Fish Bar – Bamber Bridge
Bik Smoke Brew Co – Surbiton, Kingston, Hammersmith, Weybridge, Chichester, Wokingham
Pavilion Street Kitchen – Cornwall
Count House Cafe – Cornwall
The Art House – Eastbourne
Market Hill Fisheries – Winterton
Kingfisher Fish and Chips – Hull
The Poachers – County Durham
Cafe Baraka – Cleethorpes
Jordan’s Cafe – Worthing
Duke’s Head – Great Yarmouth
Weoley Castle – Birmingham
Portofino Ristorante – Harrogate
Lillies Coffee Shop – Rotherham
Kimble’s – Billingham
No Bones – Hastings
Tintinhull Village Hall and Coffee Shop – Yeovil
Marcus Rashford, who was made an MBE earlier this year, shared a map that helps you to locate free meals,
He also shares every restaurant that tweets their pledge using the #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY hashtag on his Twitter page.
Which local councils are offering free school meals during half term?
The following councils will offer some form of support for families in need over the October half term.
The following information is correct at time of writing:
Councils offering free school meals over half term
Hammersmith and Fulham
Kensington and Chelsea
Telford and Wrekin
To find out exactly what’s on offer and if you’re eligible, contact your local council.
Which shops have joined #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY?
Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester Metro, earlier announced he was supporting Rashford’s campaign by working with the Co-op to provide 1,000 food vouchers over the half term.
You can also donate your Tesco Clubcard points to FareShare, on the Tesco website.