Oxford’s food banks and restaurants offer free and subsidised meals for children this half-term
Image description: children’s school meal on a tray, including potatoes, beans, stewed vegetables, salad, Ryvita, and squash.
In response to the government’s failure to extend the free school meals plan, Oxfordshire restaurants and small businesses have offered their own schemes. The free school meals plan would have provided 1.4 million disadvantaged children with £15-pound-a-week food vouchers until Easter 2021 but was voted down by Conservative MPs last week.
Chain restaurant PHO, located in Westgate, is giving away 50 free meals a day across the October half term (Monday 26th – Friday 30th) starting tomorrow at midday. Staff at PHO say: ‘People can claim them, and a member of staff will be on hand to give them out discreetly and safely’. 250 meals will be given out next week.
Mission Burrito has also announced that they will be providing free lunches for children this half term for those families who receive term time funded lunches or any families currently in need. From 11am-1pm, no questions asked, just ask for the ‘Kids Half Term Offer’.