LIST: Cumbrian Businesses Step Up To Feed Vulnerable Children In Half Term Holidays

By Rachael Grealish

Since a majority of MPs voted down the opposition motion to continue free school meals through holidays until Easter 2021, communities have come together to support those most vulnerable.

The vote faced ubiquitous backlash from many Labour MPs, celebrities like Marcus Rashford, and members of the public crying out for the Prime Minister to make yet another U-Turn.

With one currently not on the books, thousands of food establishments and businesses across England have taken it upon themselves to fill the gap and offer free meals to children throughout the half term.

With so many offering free meals a Google map has been created pin-pointing establishments offering these.

Of course, many Cumbrian businesses have taken to the fight against child hunger and a few can be spotted on the map.

But, The Herdwick News has also been asking around which businesses are taking part and here’s a few we know so far:

Copeland and Allerdale:

  • Noah’s Plaice, Egremont
  • Spud’s & Co, Egremont
  • Park Head (collected at Thornhill Post office), Thornhill, Egremont
  • North Lakes Food Banks
  • The Sandwich Man via Greenbank Community Centre, Whitehaven
  • Fraser’s Chip Shop, Egremont and Whitehaven
  • Flimby Sports and Social Club, Flimby
  • The Sunnyhill Whitehaven, Whitehaven
  • The Funhouse, Whitehaven
  • The Cottage Chippy, Whitehaven
  • Heavenly Fish and Chicken, Whitehaven
  • South Whitehaven Youth Partnership, Whitehaven
  • Main St Fisheries, Cockermouth
  • Highfield Community Centre, Cockermouth
  • Frizington Chippy
  • Sproaty’s Fish and Chips, Cleator Moor
  • Harvest Bakery, Millom
  • Pedros Takeaway, Workington
  • Mr Wilson’s Tearoom, Workington
  • Moorclose Community Centre, Workington

Carlisle and Eden:

  • Berry’s Tearoom, Brampton
  • The Howard Arms Hotel, Brampton
  • The Gatehouse Café, Carlisle
  • Angel Lane Chippie, Penrith
  • Classic Pizza, Longtown
  • Kitchen Rebels, Carlisle
  • Carlisle Community Help Group
  • Carlisle Reivers Football Club
  • Timmy’s Bar and Kitchen, Carlisle
  • Holy Trinity Church, Carlisle
  • House of Meg, Gilsland
  • The Old Hall Cafe, Carlisle
  • Berrys Bakery, Carlisle and Wigton
  • Synergy, Carlisle
  • Henrys Carlisle
  • Denton Memorial, Carlisle
  • The Country Kitchen Cafe, Dalston
  • The Little Griddle Catering Company, Carlisle
  • Kirkup Butchers, Longtown and Silloth

Barrow and South Lakes:

  • Olde Ulverston Restaurant and Tea Room, Ulverston
  • Priory Plaice Fish and Chips, Barrow
  • GriLLa Cheese, Barrow
  • Barrow Community Kitchen Hub, Barrow

Here at The Herdwick News we are sure there are many, many, more businesses offering free meals to vulnerable children at this time, so please let us know and we can add them to the list.