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Gedling Borough Council has smashed the funding target in their campaign to cover free school meals for local children during the school holidays. 

The council set a target of raising £10,000 to provide food to families who are eligible for free school meals after being inspired by the campaign being run by Man Utd footballer and humanitarian, Marcus Rashford.

The ‘Feeding Gedling Fund’ campaign hit its target of £10,000 in just two weeks.

Council members kickstarted the funding by providing £4,350 towards the target.

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Donations ranged from £5 – £250 and the fund received over 180 backers. 

In Gedling borough, over 2,500 schoolchildren are eligible for free school meals and, due to the pandemic, some parents may be struggling to provide food when the schools are closed. 

Arnold Foodbank and the charity, HOPE Nottingham, who manage several foodbanks in the area, backed the campaign.

Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said: “I am very pleased to announce that, thanks to the incredible generosity and compassion of the residents of our borough, we have raised £10,000 that will be used to support some of our most vulnerable families during the worst crisis in this country, since the Second World War. 

PRAISE: Cllr Michael Payne thanked all those that kindly donated to the campaign

“We set up this campaign in support of Marcus Rashford’s incredible efforts to highlight the harsh reality that children were going hungry during half term and we could not stand by and do nothing.

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“Since we launched our campaign, the local authority responsible for children’s welfare, Nottinghamshire County Council and the government have announced that they will change their policies and will also provide support, an announcement that we welcome.

“We will use this money to support local families in our borough to help ensure that no child will go hungry in our borough this Christmas and into the New Year and Easter holidays too.

He added: I would like to thank everyone that donated to this campaign. I would also like to thank our local foodbanks who have supported the Feeding Gedling Fund and who are doing an incredible job of helping our most vulnerable residents.

“This year has been exceptionally difficult for so many but I am overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our citizens and this should give us all hope for the future.” 

  • Any families who are struggling to provide food for their children and need some support can call the council on 0115 901 3901 and they can organise for the delivery and or collection of food from their nearest foodbank. This offer will be available during Christmas half term and Easter 2020 half term. 

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  1. I totally disagree with handing out free meals to children. The state benefit system for families and one parent families is already one of the generous in the world. It’s the parent responsibility to ensure food is on the table for their children not the state or the tax payer. In fact it’s the tax payer that’ll pay for the food so they’re not exactly free. I’ve yet to see a skinny person on benefits!!


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