Corby Borough Council in partnership with The Autumn Centre has organised free meals to be provided to all children that would normally be entitled to free school meals throughout half term next week.
Following on from the Government’s recent announcement that free school meals will be cut during holidays, Corby Borough Council will be funding lunches that will be available from 11am – 2pm, Monday 26th – Friday 30th October.
Hot and cold options will be available to children in Corby and it’s surrounding villages that have been affected by the recent cut. Families entitled to free school meals are welcome to come along to the Autumn Centre, on Counts Farm Road, any time between 11am – 2pm for their youngsters to receive their lunch. The Borough Council has also organised for a delivery service to be in place for those that can’t travel to the Autumn Centre and this can be provided by calling 01536 264671.
The Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘After the announcement was made we have been working hard to put in place something in which youngsters that rely on these meals won’t be affected. With the announcement made just before half term and following a year in which families across the country have been hit hard with the economic effects of the pandemic, we felt that it was important to act fast and ensure that our children within Corby don’t go hungry during this half term.
‘We would like to thank the Autumn Centre and all of its amazing staff in helping us in providing these meals to those that really need them.’
The Deputy Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Jean Addison, said:
‘We would like everyone to please spread this message within Corby and ensure that any family with children on free school meals are aware that there is still help available and that their little ones don’t need to go hungry.
‘We know just how important these free school meals are to some families and that sometimes they may be the only hot meal that these children will receive that day. Especially now when the pandemic has financially hit so many homes, we need to do all we can to make sure that no children in our community go hungry.’