Don’t go hungry this half term

Leeds City Council, charities, community organisations and businesses have come together to provide 36 locations where struggling families can access free school meals during the October half term.

Sparked by footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals over the holidays, the city’s business community has rallied to support struggling families by offering free meals to those in need.

In addition to the city’s business community, the Leeds Community Foundation’s Healthy Holidays programme, run in partnership with Leeds City Council, is also providing children and families with access to meals and activities during the holidays.

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, skills and employment said: “In the face of a dire situation, it has been inspirational and quite emotional to see the good in the citizens of Leeds shining through.

“Thank you to all those businesses contributing, and to all those volunteers giving their time too. Your efforts will make the world of difference to so many people. Thank you too to those who have donated money, including Leeds United players, the board and fans. It is an excellent example of the city’s ongoing commitment to pulling together to support those in the greatest need.”

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, added: “The support that has been offered in such a short space of time has been truly amazing, and is clear proof of the city’s ability to rally round and support those in the greatest need.

“The locations listed below are just a small number of the local organisations involved. I would like to thank everyone who has committed their time and effort to come together to support such a vital response on behalf of children across our city.”

In South Leeds you can access food at these venues:

Dewsbury Road Community Hub
190 Dewsbury Road
LS11 6PF
Contact 0113 378 5747

Hamara Healthy Living Centre
Tempest Road
LS11 6RD
Contact 0113 277 3330

Holbeck Together
99 Domestic Street
LS11 9NS
Contact 0113 245 5553

Hunslet Club
Hillidge Rd
LS10 1BP
Contact 0113 271 6489

Chadwick Street
1 & 2 Macckenzie House
LS10 1PJ
Any child aged between 4 and 16 years old can come between 5pm and 6pm, to collect a free chicken or vegetarian biryani. Tuesday to Sunday of Half Term.

Other venues across Leeds offering food include:

  • Armley Community Hub
  • Carol’s Confectioners
  • Compton Community Hub
  • Giorgios Ristorante
  • I am Doner
  • Konak Meze Restaurant
  • Little Bao Boy
  • Leeds 14 Trust
  • New Wortley Community Association
  • Pho Cafe
  • Popalong Cafe
  • Pudsey Parish Church
  • Rainbow Junktion
  • Reginald Centre
  • Sant Angelo
  • Shantona Women & Family Centre
  • Skyliner
  • St Vincent’s Support Centre
  • Sukhothai
  • The Devon
  • The Bay Horse
  • The Fenton
  • The Learning Curve
  • The Potting Shed
  • The Princess
  • The New Travellers Rest
  • The Red Lion
  • The Rumbling Tum Cafe
  • Yorkshire Crust

This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council


2 Replies to “Don’t go hungry this half term”

  1. Thanks for sharing. Shame on those MP’s (Tories ofcourse) that voted against extending the scheme whilst eating massively subsidised food and drink in the Parliament restaurants. Where else could you get a ribeye steak steak with chips and all the trimmings for £9.17!

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