Providing free meals over half term for families in need

With the Marcus Rashford school meals campaign underway, the week saw some fantastic efforts by Slough communities, groups and volunteers coming together to provide free meals for families in need over half term – thank you to them and to all the groups providing this service year round.

Ajmal Azam from Covid United said, “It’s been a busy (and just a little tense) time – 3 weeks have passed since we launched our half-term food support and over that time we have provided a total of some 200 food parcels to families across Slough. This has only been possible thanks to the ongoing support of Slough CVS, One Slough Volunteers, Jamie Green and Samina Hussain and Slough Outreach – that is what Covid United is all about – uniting people, businesses and charitable organisations to provide targeted support where it is needed the most.”

Ajmal went on to say, “My sincere thanks to the schools who have worked with us and the incredibly hard-working but little recognised efforts of social services and Slough Children’s Services Trust.”

Antz Kidz offered free groceries to any child that needs it based in Slough. Eva Antao said, “No child should ever go hungry and we will continue to do what we can to help during the half term holidays.”

Sue Sibany-King from Slough Foodbank was interviewed by the BBC on food poverty in Slough and  made some really interesting points about the need for a long term solution. Listen to the full interview