A map has been published showing where free school meals are being offered over the holiday following Marcus Rashford’s campaign.
Kind-hearted Brits have rallied together to offer free food to struggling families this half term after Tory MPs voted against extending free school meals.
The Kids Meals Map has mapped out the offers made within the past 24 hours by businesses, charities and local authorities.
The map has been built by communications agency PLMR who are supporting the #endchildfoodpoverty campaign.
To view the interactive map click here.
A spokesman for the Food Foundation, a charity campaigning for an end to child food poverty, said: “This is a new national resource and food organisations are being asked to visit the website today and register details of what they are offering in order that vulnerable children and families can find out what is happening in their local area.
“There has been an unprecedented response to the call to action from Marcus Rashford’s campaign after it went viral on social media in response to the parliamentary vote not to extend the Free School Meals over the October half term.”
Data from the Food Foundation revealed that 1.4 million children (18% of 8-17 year olds) reported experiences of food insecurity over the summer holidays.
And at least 6% of respondents said they were having to eat less and make food last longer because of lack of money to buy more.
Yesterday Marcus Rashford says he “couldn’t be more proud to call myself British” after hundreds of businesses rallied around his school meals campaign.
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.”
The Manchester United star wrote on Twitter: 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.”
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