Aldeli offering free school meals over half term


A local deli is offering free meals to children in need over October half-term this week, in support of the national campaign started by the footballer Marcus Rashford.

Last week MPs voted not to extend the free school meals scheme to covers all the school holidays until Easter 2021, so Aldeli has decided they would like to offer any child on free school meals a free lunch from Monday 25th to Friday 30th October.

Ilana Higham told me "I felt we needed to do something for the community and anyone struggling. We would just ask that anyone on free school meals would give us a ring and either order over the phone for take out or book to sit in.

There are no time limits or restrictions on numbers and children will be offered a choice of sandwiches, fish fingers, homemade chicken nuggets, hot dogs or pancakes.

Ilana said "One of our lovely customers has also made and donated these fab cupcakes for kids this week."

She added "We'd like to help as many families as possible that may be struggling, with of course the utmost of discretion."

To order please call 01625 587509.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Duncan Herald
Tuesday 27th October 2020 at 2:15 pm
Good for you guys!
Robin Pye
Tuesday 27th October 2020 at 4:54 pm
Well done Aldeli. The foodbank at St Philip & St James is well stocked thanks to the generosity of the many people who have responded to the developing situation with furlough coming to an end. Please encourage people who are hungry to contact the church. Many people who are struggling are worried about taking food away from people who may be in an even worse situation. Let's make sure that nobody is going hungry in our community.
Kriss Coombes
Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 4:08 pm
Thanks Ilana. I find it most heartening that you, and other public spirited people, are showing kindness and compassion in these difficult time. To me, you are the ones who put the great into Great Britain rather than some of the shameful Wombles of Westminster.