Thousands of kind-hearted organisations have stepped in to help hungry children after cruel Tories rejected a move to provide meals during the school holidays.

Schools, businesses, sports clubs, charities and local councils are among those doing the right thing after footballer Marcus Rashford’s appeal fell on deaf ears in the Commons.

On Wednesday 322 MPs voted against a Labour bid to make free school meals available during holidays for the next six months, while families grapple with the devastating effect of the pandemic.

The heartless outcome sparked outrage, but since then hundreds of groups have pledged to fill the gap themselves.

Among them are hospitality businesses which are already struggling after more than six months of disruption during the pandemic.

See the list below

One of them, the Duke’s Head in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, said staff were “appalled” the free school meal call had been rejected, writing in a post shared by Rashford: “You ate out to help out, now it’s our turn to help out.”

And Vutie Beets cafe in Hertfordshire tweeted: “If the government won’t look out for the children in our community when they need it most, then we will.”

That sentiment was echoed by Riddle & Finns in Brighton, which said in an Instagram post: “It is an absolute crying travesty that in this apparent most civilised and wealthy of nations, we need this kind of intervention, but please – don’t suffer in silence.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, no stranger to bruising encounters with the government, this morning said his team had joined forces with the Co-Op to provide 1,000 meal vouchers during half term.

Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced today it would be offering one million meals to families in need over the next two weeks.

Asda has also pledged to donate almost £100,000 to help keep families fed during the school holidays.

Furniture company ScS Sofas said it had donated 10,000 meals to feed children in Sunderland.

Manchester United and England star Rashford has shared messages of support from companies the length and breadth of the country.

He wrote: “Blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme deficit during the October half term.

“Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know.”

Rashford said after the vote that children would go to bed hungry and “feel like they do not matter”.

Here is a list of 100 organisations that are doing their bit – and there are plenty more


The Duke’s Head, Great Yarmouth

Market Hill Fisheries, Winterton

Jordan’s Cafe, Worthing


The Mayor of Manchester

The Hutong Cafe, Plymouth

The Village Baker, Purbrook

Gateshead Leam Rangers

The Willow Tree, Wirral

Scoffie, Bebington

The Grange, Moreton


Little Bao Boy, Leeds

Beyroots Lebanese Street Foods, Tooting

Willow Tree Nursery and Preschool, Clacton-on-Sea

Birmingham Council

Bolton Wanderers FC

Unite Community Norfolk

Big Smoke Brew Co

Telford and Wrekin Council

Farm Fresh UK, Nottingham

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Cafe Baraka, Cleethorpes

Number 7 Cafe, Birkenhead

Liverpool Council

New Bombay Restaurant, Bedford

Wolverhampton Council

Darell Primary & Nursery School, Kew

Cramlington Town FC

ScS Sofas

City of York Council

Hastings United FC

Matki Chai, Rotherham

Newcastle City Council

Redbridge Council

Hammersmith Council

Preston North End FC

Southwark Council

The Old Millwrights Arms, Aylesbury

Burton Albion FC

Staffordshire County Council

Thyme Out, Didbury

Horse and Jockey, Melling

Seven Bro7hers, Salford

Kensington and Chelsea Council

Essex County Council

The Globe Inn, Sampford Peverell

Oldham Council

La Rondine, Bedford

Richmond Rugby Club

The Rhubarb Shed Cafe, Sheffield

Poodle Club, Sydenham

Kuti’s Brasserie, Southampton

Seaford Town FC

Lakaz Maman, Southampton

Manjaros, Middlesbrough

St James Church, Rawtenstall

Rayrayz, Liverpool

Pearson’s Bar, Hull

Toast 2 Roast, St Helens

The Panda Club, Liverpool

The Courtyard, Birmingham

Berry’s Tearoom, Cumbria

The Vale Cafe, Rothbury

The Fun House, Whitehaven

Greenfields Farm, Telford

Tranmere Rovers FC

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The Village Fish Bar, Bamber Bridge

Birchwood in the Community

No Bones Hastings

Tintinhull Village Hall and Coffee Shop

Jacob’s Well, Gosport

Loft Cafe Bar, Bingley

Delphine Fish and Chips, Heeley

Pearsons Bar, Hull

Castle Beach Cafe, Fulmouth

The Carlton and Banksy’s Coffee Bar, Blackpool

The Fair Maid, Cottingham

Forest Green Rovers FC

Sista Hub, Streatham

Shopping City Runcorn

Foundation 92, Salford

Crewe Alexandra FC

Box Kitchen, Preston

Bubble Inn, Derby

Riddle and Finns, Brighton

Huffkins Cotswold Bakery & Tearooms

Bradford Community Kitchen

Roosters Sandwich Bar, Bedford

Fair Frome

The Lowestoft Tandoori, Lowestoft

Real Food Delivered, Newcastle

Rotherham Council

Bowes Cafe, Bounds Green

Flissy’s Coffee Shop, Thurstaston

Aubergine Cafe, West Kirby

The Gingerbread House Cafe, Budleigh Salterton

Camden Council

The Bread and Butter Thing, Darlington

Seaford Town FC