Offers of help and support have flooded in from across Merseyside to prevent children from going hungry this half term.
Last week, Conservative MPs voted down a Labour motion which planned to provide free school meals to the nation’s poorest families over half term.
Since the announcement, Merseyside businesses have come together to offer support instead, stepping up to help when the Tory MPs refused.
On Friday, the ECHO published a list of the businesses which had come forward so far with offers of help, and we also provided a list on our Twitter feed which can be found here.
Over the weekend, even more businesses came forward and pledged their support toward ensuring children across Merseyside don't go hungry this half term.
We've listed 15 additional businesses below catering for children in need this week.
Hanover Street Social
City centre restaurant Hanover Street Social is providing 250 free breakfasts to children this week.
In a video on Twitter, staff member Luke, said: “We feel like even though the hospitality industry has taken an absolute whacking lately, no child should go without hot food next week.
“We’ve organised 250 warm breakfasts to go to children in need across the Merseyside region next week.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the help of the hospitality sector; Lakes Speciality Food, Noones veg supplier and Bricks have all mucked in and helped us, so next week Red and Blue Restaurants will be delivering 250 warm breakfasts to children in need within our region and we also can’t reiterate enough, keep backing the Marcus Rashford campaign to feed our children.”
Chamber 36, Berry Street
This week, Berry Street restaurant Chamber 36 is offering children free meals, which can be collected.
Taking to Facebook, the team wrote: “We would like to do our bit to support and stand by our children even if our government doesn’t!
“So this half term we will be offering a free kids meal for any child in need which can be arranged to be collected. For full details and to arrange please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 708 7658.”
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Frankie & Benny’s
Popular chain Frankie and Benny’s is offering free meals to anyone in need this week.
In a post on Facebook, the chain wrote: “Serving families and delicious comfort food is what we do best and we want to help in offering that for everyone.
“We know these are tough times and particularly for parents who need extra help feeding their kids over half term. We want to show our support for #NoChildGoesHungry plea and contribute in our own small way: we'll be donating 5000 kids meals to anyone who needs help with feeding their kids over the next week.
“All you have to do is call your closest Frankie’s & Benny’s between 11am-12pm to let us know how many meals you need and book a slot to collect. All calls will be treated with strict confidentiality and you can pick up your meal at our takeaway pick-up point at entrance.
“Collections can be made from Monday to Friday, from 12pm-6pm.”
You can find your closest participating Frankie & Benny’s here.
Strawberry Field, Beaconsfield Road
Liverpool’s Strawberry Field is offering free packed lunches this week, starting tomorrow, October 27.
Sharing the news on Instagram, its team wrote: “No child should go without. Starting on Tues 27th October, we will be providing a free packed lunch for those children who need it.
“Please call 07407088968 and quote ‘together lunches; and we will prepare for you to collect at Strawberry Field.”
Frost Burgers, Wood Street
City centre vegan restaurant Frost Burgers is giving away free Cheezburger meals to kids this Monday - Friday.
Making the announcement on Facebook, its team wrote: “After the government's recent choices to act against the best wishes of our children and struggling families, we feel inspired to join the ranks of businesses all over the city stepping up and show that we are all in this together and want to be there for one another as much as we can!
“If anyone is struggling during this time, please don't be shy, we're always ready to help! Please reach out on Instagram to arrange discretely whether ordering in house or picking up!
“We will be giving away FREE Cheezburger Meals for any kids in need this October half term, Monday - Friday.”
Glass Onion, Allerton Road
Independent cafe Glass Onion is offering free meals for kids this week too.
Sharing the news on Facebook, the team wrote: “Like the vast majority of people, we are appalled at the government’s decision not to carry on the free school meal scheme over half term. We would like to offer a free meal for any child who needs it next week.
“You can sit in for toast or porridge, fruit and juice for breakfast between 10-11am or grab a kids lunch bag to take away any time.
“Just call ahead and let us know on 0151 280 3935. If you’d like to remain anonymous we will have a table set up to collect it from by the entrance gate. It shouldn’t come to this but it is lovely to see all the support pouring out from the people of this city.”
Down The Hatch, Duke Street
City centre vegan restaurant Down The Hatch is offering free kids meals this half term, at the restaurant or delivered to your door.
In a post on Instagram, the team wrote: “Our KIDS EAT FREE promotion is back this half term!
“And In light of the recently rejected government motion, Down The Hatch will also be offering all children a FREE MEAL regardless of their situation that we can arrange to be collected or delivered to your door. (Between the 23rd October and 2nd November) Please call 0151 708 0860 for more information.”
Temptations Cafe, Waterloo
Taking to Facebook, owners of Temptations in Waterloo have pledged to offer free lunches to families who are struggling this week.
Wednesday to Friday, families can visit and choose from a ham or cheese sandwich, egg, sausage, beans and toast, nuggets with chips and beans or fish fingers with chips and beans.
All meals will come with a drink and crisps too.
In the Facebook post, Temptations wrote: “Don’t feel embarrassed just pop in or call us and talk to one of our waitresses. It is a terrible time for so many and we are here to help.”
Chung Ku, Rainhill
Rainhill restaurant Chung Ku took to Facebook to share its half term offer.
The team wrote: “In these unprecedented times we would like to reach out to our local community.
“Starting from Monday we would like to help those in need during the half term period.
“For any primary child entitled to a free school meal we will be happy to provide a child's:
-Boiled rice, nuggets with BBQ or curry sauce
-Chips, nuggets with BBQ or curry sauce
-Boiled rice, sausage with BBQ or curry sauce
-Chips, sausage with BBQ or curry sauce
-Boiled rice, spring roll with BBQ or curry sauce
-Chips, spring roll with BBQ or curry sauce
“One meal per child. Starts from Monday for the half term week. Please come in and ask for a school meal. As a small business in these testing times we are struggling as it is so please do not abuse our offer.
“We do not want to see any child go hungry.”
Meatless, Smithdown Road
South Liverpool restaurant Meatless said it will open its kitchen over half term to provide “free hot nutritious meals to any child that needs them”/
Wonton To Go, Ranelagh Street
Ranelagh Street restaurant Wonton To Go, which specialises in authentic Asian cuisine, will be closing to the public next week in order to offer struggling families free meals.
In a post on Instagram, the team announced it would be opening between 11am and 4pm to offer free meals.
It’s sister site, Gourmet Social, is also offering to feed “as many children as possible”.
The Instagram post read: “The message is quite simple , we are going to close the restaurants to the public and feed as many children as possible starting from Monday next week..
“If you want to attend the Ranelagh street site in the city centre we are next to central station on the front , just turn up between 11am and 4pm and you will get fed . We will have a variety of hot food on offer and halal and vegetarian choices also .
“If you live in sefton please come to the Marian Square site any time after 1 pm . If you can contact Marie Savin who runs the Netherton park community centre on 07912645205 and she will be arranging times etc.
“All our sites are Covid safe and adhere to the latest guidance .
“Well done to everyone who is coming together to tackle this awful news that was delivered and let’s keep on fighting to make #holidayhunger a thing of the past . It’s 2020 and children are still going hungry , how is this still happening.”
The Vapery, Waterloo
The Vapery on Mount Pleasant in Waterloo will be providing free packed lunches for children this week.
To set this up, give them a call on 0151 920 6975.
The Sandon Complex, Anfield
The Sandon Complex is opening during half-term for a free breakfast club from 9-11am for school children and the elderly to enjoy a selection of breakfast items and hot drinks.
Owner Kate Stewart said: “I closed The Sandon because the Tier 3 restrictions make it almost impossible for me to trade in relation to alcohol being served with substantial food.
"But I can reopen to help the local community and I want to welcome school children and the elderly in the local area for breakfast every day next week.
“I simply have to help. I can’t sit here and do nothing when I know so many people are struggling. No one should have to go hungry. Please don’t feel embarrassed or too proud to come - if you need something to eat, The Sandon will help you.”
Parents of school children will also be given hot drinks.
Western Approaches pub, West Derby
The Lower House Lane pub is offering free packed lunches this week, and will even be giving away 150 free sweet bags on Halloween.
Contact them on Facebook for more information here - www.facebook.com/westernapproaches
Horse and Jockey pub, Melling
The Melling Volunteers will be handing out packed lunches prepared by the pub this week, which can be collected from the events marquee on the grounds of Caunce Hall every day from Monday - Friday.
Let them know in advance by calling 07731689949.
Lunches can be collected between 11.30am and 1.30pm.
We asked ECHO readers on Twitter to let us know of any other businesses offering a helping hand this half term and the offers flooded in within minutes. Here’s where our readers mentioned:
RayRayz, Park Road, Toxteth
The Old Hardware Shop, Woolton Street, Woolton
Shino’s Coffee Lounge, Langley Close, Croxteth
Pip’s Sandwich & sweet shop, Woolton Road
The Lingmell Inn. Muirhead Ave, West Derby
Alpha Taxis/Everton in the Community
Emmies Deli, 9 long lane Garston
Push It Real Good, Derby Lane, Old Swan
Cork & Fork, Allerton Road
Blackburne Arms, Catharine Street, City Centre
Nourish Catering, Lightoaks Drive, Garston
Liverpool Trampoline Gymnastics Academy - Tea and Trampoline
Ichi Noodle - Richmond Street, City Centre
Wat's Shakin - Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley
The Furdressers, Walton Lane, Walton
Aubergine Cafe - The Crescent, West Kirby
The Willow Tree - Wallasey Road, Liscard
Tilly Mint Treats - Mount Road, Prenton
The Bedford ‘Luke’s’ - Bedford Road, Rock Ferry
Cathy’s hot & cold takeaway - Croft Road, Birkenhead
Born & Bred Coffee Shop - Borough Road, Prenton
Scoffee - Cross Lane, Bebington
Bella Rose Hair & Beauty - Bebington Road, Tranmere
Building Bridges, Bray Street, Birkenhead
Oak Community Project, Christ The King Church, St Anne Street, Birkenhead
Flissy’s Coffee Shop at GJ’s - Bank Side Station Road, Thurstaston
Quirky Cafe - Market Street, Hoylake
The Grange - Hoylake Road, Moreton
The Village Cafe - Allport La Precinct, Bromborough
Number 7 Cafe - Princes Pavement, Grange Precinct
Leasowe Millenium Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe
Sandbrook Community Centre, Sunningdale, Chapelhill Road, Moreton
Carrbridge Centre, Woodchurch
Wylde Coffee - Telegraph Road, Heswall
The Elephant Collective - Hamilton House, The Parade
Stanley’s - Seaview Road, Wallasey
Kings Arms, Bebington
Shaftesbury Youth Club, Mendip Road, Birkenhead
Take a Plate - Wirral kids
Holiday Hunger - Marian Square, Netherton
Little Ange’s Cafe, Warbreck Moor
Pullman Jack’s - St Johns Road, Waterloo
Leah’s Blinds and Interiors - Knowsley Road, Bootle
La Tabella, Botanic Road, Southport
Gambino’s, Coronation Road, Crosby
Spoilt for Choice, Stanley Road, Bootle
Brew Coffee & Kitchen, Crosby Road North, Waterloo
Pullman Jack’s, Ferndale Road, Waterloo
Crosby Grazing, Liverpool Road, Crosby
Friends of Eaton Street Park, Prescot
Prescot Cables FC
Kraft Chippy, Old Farm Road, Kirkby
M&B Company Shop, Arbour Lane, Kirkby
Knowsley South FC
Centre 63 Youth and Community Centre, Kirkby
John Yummies Cafe and Shakes, Fazakerley/Kirkby
Ultra Juice/Fresh, Prescot
Torrington Drive Community Association, Halewood Knowsley Kitchen
LIDS - Liverpool Independent Delivered Services
Swanside Community Centre, Roby
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The Ditton Deli, Hale Road, Widnes
Helping Halton’s kids, search Facebook
Appleton Village Chippy, Widnes
All or Nothing charity, Runcorn
Really Good food Company, Runcorn
Unicorn Delights, Ditton, Widnes
Arkitect Barbers in Widnes
D&D Recruit, Evolution Park, Runcorn