FREE school meals for any family who need them will be provided by Stalybridge Celtic Juniors and Mossley AFC U9s this half term.
Launched in response to Marcus Rashford’s #endchildfoodpoverty campaign to ensure no child goes hungry during the autumn half term, Juniors has partnered with local company Rawco Environmental to provide as many meals as required.
Lunches, which include a sandwich, snack, piece of fruit, and a drink, will be available to collect, with no questions asked, from their soccer school base on Mossley Road, Ashton, between 11.30am and 1pm every day during the week beginning Monday, October 26.
Food will also be delivered to local community leaders to distribute to those families who cannot get to the soccer school.
Juniors’ chairman Mike Taylor said: “As soon as Marcus Rashford started his campaign to ensure no child goes hungry during the school holidays, we knew had to do something.
“Families close to us in Stalybridge and Tameside are under real financial hardship so if we can do anything to help we will.
Since announcing the project on Friday, October 23, Juniors have been overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness from people connected to the club and wider community.
“We’ve had hundreds of donations and many people offer to volunteer their time. Any families who need the help can collect as many children’s lunches as they need, without judgment,” Mike added.
Anyone who wishes to support the project with a donation can drop off items at the soccer school during the open times or donate via PayPal using firstname.lastname@example.org Any community groups in Tameside who could distribute to those in need are invited to get in touch.
Mossley AFC U9s players, coaches, parents, sponsors and friends have also banded together to “put a little aside to help some of those worst affected over half term”.
If you have a school age child who is without a free school meal over half term and is in need of one, email the night before between 4pm and 6pm and they will do everything they can to arrange a lunch to be collected in Mossley the following day.
They added feel free to contact them if you can contribute to help the same cause.