Southampton’s response to Marcus Rashford’s Free School Meals campaign

Did you know?

“37% of teachers spot signs of malnourishment when children return home from the school holidays” National Union of Teachers Survey on Holiday Hunger (2017)

“1 in 3 children from low income families have skipped a meal so that their children can eat during the school holidays” – Kellogs, Isolation and Hunger: The reality of the school holidays for struggling families (2015)

“1 in 5 children in the UK face food insecurity, one of the highest rates in Europe” – Unicef, Building the future – Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich countries (2017)

“3 million children are at risk of hunger in the school holidays” – Feeding Britain, “Ending hunger in the school holidays”

Stats taken from Transforming lives for good

Marcus Rashford the England and Manchester United striker has been campaigning to end child food poverty. On Wednesday night he “vented his “despair” as Labour’s plea for free school meals to be extended over the holidays to stop children going hungry fell on deaf ears in government. The Guardian

I think what Marcus Rashford is doing is absolutely amazing. I grew up in a single parent family in a time when there was much less financial support from the government, we had very little money and received free school meals. So we sat down as a family and decided we wanted to do something. We’re going to raise money during Half Term by making candy floss spider webs and putting all the proceeds to charity. Picture below…

Cotton candy spider web take-home treats for Halloween | Halloween hacks,  Halloween party kids, Birthday halloween party

We started looking for a charity to donate the money to, so I put a simple post on facebook this morning. I was completely overwhelmed with the response. Along with my good friend Katy Kennedy we have discovered that there are so many charities, churches, restaurants and individuals in our city that are giving out free school meals this half term. So I wanted to try and bring them all together in one post. Before you read the list below.

Would you consider raising money over half term to donate money to charities that are helping child food poverty long term?

Would you choose one of these restaurants to have your next takeaway?

Would you consider raising money over half term and donate money to charities that are helping child food poverty long term? Would you choose one of these restaurants to have your next takeaway?

For those that live in Southampton, here is a list of restaurants, cafes, churches and charities that are helping fight child food poverty this week.

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Behave and Graze https://www.facebook.com/behaveandgraze/photos/a.100412831478271/217602356425984/

Browns Town Jamdown Jerk Co https://www.facebook.com/BrownstoneJamdownJerkSauceCo/

Café Thrive https://www.facebook.com/cafethrive/photos/a.1183570911663911/3532017993485846

Dhaba 59 Indian restaurant, Millbrook https://www.facebook.com/dhaba59

Docks Coffee https://www.facebook.com/DocksCoffee/posts/2746089085664127

Eastleigh FC https://www.facebook.com/145034955508211/posts/3705570579454613?sfns=mo

Easy Tz Meals https://www.facebook.com/easy.tz.meals/posts/172409717876480

Kuti’s Brasserie https://www.facebook.com/Kutisbrasserie/photos/a.1104677572914004/3699454476769621/

Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Kitchen https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2088361834621506&id=317392611718446

Lowford Fish Bar https://www.facebook.com/lowfordfishbar/

Masala Madness https://www.facebook.com/masalamadness101

Mettricks https://www.facebook.com/Mettricks/photos/a.653795427987014/3758464677520058/

Monty’s Community Pantry https://www.facebook.com/Montys-Community-Pantry-100695671783227/

Northam local conversation https://www.facebook.com/NorthamLocalConversation/

OH cakes https://www.facebook.com/Lauraohcakes/posts/112434103979271

Robins Nest Emporium https://www.facebook.com/robinsnestemporium/photos/a.351843508535817/1211926365860856/

Southampton Lighthouse Church, St Marys https://www.facebook.com/SLIChurch/photos/a.1979221218800223/3362088807180117

Southampton City Mission

Testlands Support Centre https://www.facebook.com/testlandssp/

The Little Fryer https://www.facebook.com/The.Little.Fryer/photos/a.502386069883181/3225774767544284/

Uni Kebab https://www.facebook.com/uni.kebab.pizza.southampton/photos/a.584247751632492/3633969739993596/

Vunkies Vegan takeaway https://www.facebook.com/Vunkiesofficial

Wonderberrys Bakery https://www.facebook.com/wonderberrys/posts/1570333939843624

National and local long term Initiatives

Love Southampton

Southampton City Mission

Transforming lives for good

Fare Share UK

Published by Nay Dawson

Nay works with IFES Europe as their Regional Training Co-ordinator, training staff and students across Europe. She works on the European Regional leadership team for the charity. She was the Revive Extra Plenary Director for one of largest Student Conferences in Europe. Nay is the founder of Passion for Evangelism. PfE is a network of creative, public female speakers. Helping hundereds of women grow in confidence in public communication. Nay set up an initiative called Community in a crisis. CIAC has been helping churches and charities across Europe get online during the pandemic.

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