On Wednesday (October 21), MPs voted against continuing the provision of free school meals throughout this half term (Monday October 26 - Friday October 30) and up until Easter 2021.
The result caused huge debate across the country but it has also seen a whole host of organisations come together to cover the shortfall.
Across Peterboorugh, many businesses and charities have offered food to those children that were set to miss out.
Below is a list of those, along with information on how you can either donate or access support.
Any other businesses or organisations that are offering help and would like to be mentioned can email [email protected]
Morrisons stores are joining the national effort by donating 15,000 lunchboxes daily. Colleagues in their 498 stores. including those in Peterborough, will prepare 30 lunch boxes each day this half term. These will then be distributed by each store to local food banks and schools. The lunch box includes a freshly made sandwich, a piece of fruit and a Soreen snack pack. Customers will also get the opportunity to help by buying their own ‘Pick Up Packs,’ which will also be distributed to young people.
2. House of Feasts, Eye Green
Damain Wawrsyniak is backing the cause by giving away 10 portions of kids dumplings per day. To find out more, call 01733 221279.
3. Mattoni, Hampton Vale and Eye
Goretti Lobato is offering free pizza or pasta and a drink to children with a school meals voucher, Orders need to be placed between 2pm for 5pm collection.
4. The Banyan Tree, Westgate
Dinesh Odedra at The Banyan Tree in Westgate has joined up with Ken Stimpson Community School at Werrington. He will be providing 40 meals a day, on a first-come, first-serve basis, during the coming week to students who receive a free school meal. There is the option of either chicken or vegetable curry, with rice and naan bread, which can be collected from either the restaurant itself or at the school reception between 1pm and 2pm. Parents and carers will need to complete a form available on the school’s Facebook page.