Free school meals and helping out

Businesses and organisations across Leeds are offering free school meals during the October half term.

Photo of bowl of cereal with spoon and a glass of orange juice from above.

Leeds City Council, charities, community organisations and businesses are providing locations where struggling families can access free school meals during the October half term. Places in Leeds offering free school meals during half term
As a University, we supported the Let’s Eat foodbank in Chapeltown over the summer, and this week we’re supplying them with packed lunches and breakfast cereals.
Vice-Chancellor, Simone Buitendijk said, “I’m proud to be a part of the Leeds community which does so much for others. The issue of child food poverty is close to my heart. Through my background in maternal and child health, and my own past research work on enabling children to grow up healthy, I am very aware of the importance of nutrition to development. I am talking to colleagues in UNISON about ways we could do more as a University community in the future.” 

Want to help? 

Many of you already help the community in countless ways in your own time throughout the year. And if you can safely help now, that’s great. There are numerous food banks across our region who would be really grateful for donations. They often make suggestions for items they’re most lacking. Find a food bank near you
If you want to help, but don’t know where to start, you don’t need to be a registered volunteer to help and support your neighbours. Find tips and guidance in the Doing Good Leeds (also known as Voluntary Action Leeds) Being a Good Neighbour pack, created in conjunction with Leeds City Council.

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