More Meon Valley businesses have stepped in to support struggling families after Conservative MPs voted against extending free school meals into holidays during the pandemic.
As we reported earlier this week, Tory MPs including the Meon Valley’s Flick Drummond, voted against supporting families who already receive free school meals during term time during school holidays.
Now Mermaids of Botley and the Thomas Lord at West Meon have pledged to help families.
Posting on their Facebook page, Mermaids of Botley, said: “Following the governments decision not to extend the meal voucher scheme, we feel we want to do our bit to help – as have many other coffee shop, restaurants and businesses around the Country.
“Over half term to support the community in Botley, as they have supported us as we recently opened in the village, if your child needs a lunch – just message us.
“We have put together a family lunchbox, so you can make sure you and your children have something to eat together. If you are struggling with lunches for your family next week you can collect one from our deli for free.
“We are a small family business with young kids ourselves and believe no child should go hungry. Everyone has been effected by Covid and we’ve only recently rebuilt our business and opened in Botley, but want to help if we can. Just message us.”
The Thomas Lord in West Meon said: “No child should ever go hungry… In these tough times, we want to give back to our community that has supported us so much, especially in this difficult year, by offering free meals for kids this half term.
“Free lunch pack available to collect from the pub or enjoy in the pub with dining parents at lunchtime, for any child. A sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and a bag of crisps.
“Free hot meal from our kids menu. Available every lunch or evening from 12pm – 2:30pm & 5.30pm – 7pm
“If you are in need a packed lunch or know someone who might, please call or email us i and let us know what days and how many packed lunches you need. firstname.lastname@example.org 01730 829244
“Let’s get through these tough times together.”