Several local businesses as well as the community organisations Marlborough.news reported on yesterday, have stepped in to support Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty. They are offering free lunches from Monday October 26 to Friday 30 to children from low income households or whose families may find themselves in financial difficulties due to the pandemic. Last week the government announced an end to free school meals during the holidays.
Pewsey Spar shop say, “We will be providing a lunch for any child in need from Monday October 26 to Friday 30. Just pop instore with your child/children and we will give them a lunch. There is no shame in asking for help and accepting a helping hand. We, as always, are there for you.”
The Little Lunch Box in Pewsey High Street is also offering help. “With many children not receiving free school meals during the holidays we would love to help.
If you are affected and finding it difficult during this time, please feel free to get in contact totally confidential, no judgement. We’re all in this together, no child should go hungry and irrespective of the Free School Meals for half term decision – if you run out of food or necessities, or times are just tough, please don’t let you or your kids go to sleep on an empty stomach.
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send us a private message. We will do anything we can to help. It may simply be a case of dropping off a food parcel and leaving. No one has to know and where others are concerned, it never happened.” Phone: 01672 564901
Several local pubs are also offering free meals for children during half –term. The Woodbridge Inn, Pewsey say, “You can call confidentially, you can take food away. There is no judgement.” Phone 01980630266.
Jono, Rosie and everyone at The Ship at Upavon are offering free half-term packed lunches for children – sandwiches, crisps, fruit and a Halloween treat. Please email: email@example.com or private message.
Similarly, The Patriots Arms in Chiseldon is offering a free lunch pack available to collect from the pub for any child. The lunch pack is made up of a sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and a bag of crisps. Please message or call Sunny on 07807 037231 or Sanjay on 07587 694373 who say “Let’s get through these tough times together.”
Two community organisations are providing hot lunches this week – Love Marlborough Kids Meals/Sue Brady Catering and Pewsey Community Coronavirus Assistance (PCCA). Click here for more information.