Free school lunches update

We have been overwhelmed by offers of support and people offering to get involved with the Free School Lunches project and are looking forward to next week.

Many of you have been in touch to offer food donations. Whilst we cannot use them for our sandwiches, we will take any food donations to Chesterfield Community Food Hut each day, to help them in their great work ensuring people in Chesterfield don’t go hungry.

If it’s easier for people to drop them at Chester’s Den rather than the Community Food Hut next week, then please do so.

We want to help as many children as possible and with this in mind, we simply require the child’s initials and school name. The meals are available to any child in the town who needs it.

We’ve received offers of help to hand out meals, which is a kind offer. We will, however, be using our staff indoors, but any volunteers can help in other ways.

We will be providing gloves, hand sanitiser and taking temperatures for volunteers, we just ask that any helpers wear their own face masks.

Keith Jackson from the Community Trust said: “The response has been incredible. We all hope that the word is now out there and people who need to know about this have the information.

“Thank you to the schools who have shared this with parents and to everyone who has shared it on social media. Together, we will do everything we can to ensure children don’t go hungry during the October half-term break.”