With the government last week voting not to pay for the provision of meals over half term for needy schoolchildren, a number of organisations and individials have stepped in.
Dinesh Odedra, at The Banyan Tree in Westgate, Peterborough city centre, has joined up with Ken Stimpson Community School at Werrington.
Appealing to other businesses to get involved, Dinesh tweeted yesterday “Taking @MarcusRashford lead and getting food to kids during the holidays. Making arrangements with a local school to ensure those in most need of help are supported.”
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He will be providing 40 meals a day during the coming week.
In a message to parents and carers, the school said: “ Local Peterborough restaurant The Banyan Tree, in the city centre, are generously offering to provide lunchtime meals each school day of half-term, to Ken Stimpson Community School students in receipt of Free School Meals, for free.
”Each day there will be an option for either a chicken or vegetable curry, with rice and naan bread. The meal can be collected from either the restaurant itself in the city centre or at the school reception between 1 and 2pm.
”This is a first-come, first-served offer, limited to 40 meals per day.”
Parents and carers will need to complete a form available on the school’s facebook page.
Goretti Lobato will be doing her bit at her Mattoni restaurants in Hampton Vale and Eye.
She is offering free pizza or pasta and a drink for children who get a voucher for school meals. Orders need to be placed by 2pm for 5pm collection. Numbers are limited and proof of entitlement will be required.. Hannah Spence and Andy Jones at The Chalkboard bistro on The Embankment will be serving up a child’s burger, fries, veggie sticks and cookie for children who can receive free school meals from Monday to Friday during half term .
To take advantage of the offer message the venue on facebook or phone 01733305406 to book.
“We will not ask for proof. so please do not use this service if you do not need to. Please, please leave it for those children who really do,” they said.
Food will have to be collected between 3pm and 4.30pm from The Chalkboard
And chef Damian Wawrsyniak is backing the cause from his House of Feasts restaurant at Eye Green.
He tweeted: “Following @marcusrashford lead, we took decision to do our little bit and help local children in need.
”We are happy to give away 10 portions of kids dumplings per day.”
Contact the restaurant on 01733 221279.
He added: “if your child is hungry and you can’t supply hot meal, please come to HOF, we will make dumplings hot and ready to eat. We have limited amount, first come / first served.”
Any other restaurants who would like to get involved and to get the message out there email [email protected]