Peterborough United Foundation donate food parcels to children affected by free school meals vote

The Peterborough United Foundation have donated food parcels to almost 200 children in the city that will go without their free school meals this half term.

Sunday, 25th October 2020, 8:41 am
Rob Litten (Executive Headteacher, Park Lane and New Road Primary Schools), Janette Bowden (PE Co-ordinator, Park Lane and New Road Primary Schools) and Gavin Slater (Community Manager, Peterborough United Foundation)

The charitable trust of the Posh, have addressed issues with local school children potentially going hungry over the October half-term after MPs voted down the amendment to continue the scheme over the school holidays until Easter 2021 on Wednesday (October 21)

Even before the vote on the amendment, backed by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, the trust had expressed their concern about the situation on Twitter and promised to support children in the city.

The idea was developed by new foundation CEO Gill Wignall and put into action following discussions with supermarkets Morrisons and Asda.

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Foundation staff spent half a day assembling the parcels of cereals, pastas, fruit and other items, with excess items donated to Peterborough charity Millfield Community Fridge, who will distribute the items on the Foundation’s behalf to grateful local residents in need.

Many grateful children took their packages home on the last day of term, but packages were also delivered, by the Foundation, to the children’s homes.

Gavin Slater, Community Manager from the Peterborough United Foundation said “Seeing Marcus Rashford’s campaign and knowing many children, that we work with on a regular basis, were likely to be going hungry over half-term, we decided to donate food packages to the most vulnerable.

“We spoke to our partner primary schools and identified nearly 200 children to receive the parcels. We must thank both Morrisons and Asda for their support to make this happen and also Peterborough charity Food For Nought, without their generosity it would not have been possible to feed so many.”

“We have had great support from our primary schools and their staff. It is so pleasing to see how successful the project has been and how the packages have been so well received. We hope to offer similar packages for other school holidays and increase the number of packages offered.”

In Whittlesey, Executive Headteacher of Park Lane and New Road Primary Schools, Rob Litten and PE Co-ordinator Janette Bowden, delivered the packages to the recipients homes on the first day of the holiday (Friday October 23).

Bowden said: “This is going to be a huge help to lots of our families within both our schools. Some of these families have been hit by losing jobs and being on furlough. This also shows a great support from the schools to our families to really show them that we are there for support.

“We have worked with the Peterborough United Foundation on a number of activities and projects and thank them for supporting our families out of school time.”