“Practical support for our local people”

Martin Thacker, co-vice chairman of Chesterfield FC, has hailed the success of the free meals initiative being delivered by the Community Trust during the half-term break.

The Trust has been able to provide food to children who receive free school lunches after receiving generous support from Jacksons The Bakers, Lifehouse Church, Tesco, The Corrugated Case Company and Print Digital Media.

Martin said: “I think this is a fantastic testament to a community willing to work together to make a difference. I think that shows how much the community around here cares.”

Martin, who has helped distribute the food, believes it is an important initiative for various reasons, demonstrating the key role played by the Community Trust.

“We are at the heart of our community and it’s about putting our actions into reality,” he said. “This is practical support for our local people.

“It’s a big thank you from the Community Trust to all the business partners who’ve helped us to make sure this initiative is open to everyone.”

Lunches, to include a sandwich and a snack, are available to collect from the HUB at the Technique Stadium from 12pm to 2pm every day this week.

The offer is open to any child currently receiving free school dinners but also, in exceptional circumstances, others who need support at this time. To qualify, the child’s name and school must be quoted, along with a parent’s National Insurance number. 

To view a video interview with Martin on our YouTube channel, please click here.