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Marcus Rashford: Kids eat free

As food bank referrals rocket, indie restaurants, cafes, pubs and councils across Cov & Warks stepped up to provide free lunches for kids this half term.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you can’t have failed to hear about the brilliant Marcus Rashford’s campaign to feed hungry children this half term and Christmas holidays. Well, we’re pleased to report that Coventry and Warwickshire eateries have well and truly stepped up to the plate (literally), with dozens of businesses offering free or discounted meals to families in need.

Warwickshire, Coventry and Birmingham councils also supported the footballer’s campaign this food vouchers.

The Trussell Trust network which operates more than 1,200 UK charity food bank outlets, including several locally across Coventry and Warwickshire, last month said it’s expecting a 61% increase in food bank referrals from October to December as furlough was due to end. It said families with children have been hardest hit.

The Manchester United and England star, who this week received a Pride of Britain award, said he was “blown away” by an outpouring of offers of free meals for vulnerable children. You can check out a full map of businesses offering free meals here, but local spots include:

  • The Red Lion, Hunningham
  • The Old Coffee Tavern, Warwick
  • Deli on the Hill, Kenilworth
  • Virgins and Castle, Kenilworth
  • Croft Fisheries, Nuneaton
  • Huffkins, Stratford
  • Olio, Leamington, Birmingham & Nuneaton
  • The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa
  • Wagamama, Leamington, Solihull & Coventry
  • The Penny Farthing, Coventry
  • Fish Plus, Coventry
  • Clopton Catch, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Bridge Cafe, Coventry
  • Cov Tech Sports Club
  • Keogh’s Coffee shop
  • Sandwiches@No 6 Hampton-in-Arden

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