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The Carrot and Wine shop in Wormelow is just one Herefordshire business stepping forward to help youngsters failed by our MPs.
Shop owner Gordon Miller said if children are entitled to free school meals they will discreetly provide families with all they need to make sandwiches during half-term week, free of charge.
Mr Miller said he just wanted to help families less fortunate that his own.
“Children are having their lives disrupted beyond all belief. I’ve got young children of my own and you ask them to wear a mask and they wear a mask, they don’t question it.
“They’re completely innocent in all of this that’s going on, but those in families who are really struggling to make ends meet, or just don’t know where the next meal is coming from, if we can help them we will.”
Mr Miller’s offer comes after Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford called on the Government to provide free school meals during the holidays.
Mr Rashford’s petition to end child food poverty led to a motion put down by Labour that was defeated by 322 votes to 261 on Wednesday.
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Carrot & Wine stores, Wormelow If your children are in receipt of free school meals and as a result of the ongoing pandemic, you might struggle financially to keep them full next week please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will discreetly provide you with all you need to make sandwich lunches and fruit for the half term week, free of charge.
La Madeleine, Church Street, Hereford No child should go hungry, so we are going to try to help where we can. This isn’t about politics, just basic human decency.
Next week if you would usually get a free school meal you can collect a packed lunch from us here at La Madeleine.
If you have your letter showing your eligibility for free school meals just bring it along with you and collect your packed lunch between 10am-noon @ La Madeleine.
Supplies will be limited so it’s first come first served but we will try to make sure there’s enough to go round, if you intend to use this service you could even message us so we can manage demand.