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


Birmingham City











Hammersmith and Fulham



Kensington and Chelsea




Liverpool City

Newcastle City

North Tyneside



Salford City





St Helens

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.

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