17 April 2020
Volunteers from across Dudley united to deliver nearly 6,000 school lunches to children who would usually receive free school meals over the Easter holidays.
A team of around 40 people a day took part in the week-long campaign to make sure no child went hungry. The deliveries of 5,869 meals have provided invaluable support to 25 primary and secondary schools in the region. Other schools have made their own arrangements, including dropping off meals or preparing food for families to pick up.
The team was made up by volunteers from Dudley Council, Dudley Schools, Dudley Catering Services and the Dudley Council for Voluntary Services (DCVS). All volunteers followed government guidance during the deliveries, using hand sanitiser and observing social distancing rules to make sure the lunches were delivered safely.
From 20 April, a new government voucher system will give families £15 per eligible child per week to spend on food. Dudley CVS is working with local charities, faith groups and food banks to offer crisis support over the school break and beyond.
Thank you to Dudley Council for sharing this story.