List Of Leeds Food Donation Points
Artwork By: Kitty Abberton
Local pubs, restaurants, cafes and community groups in Leeds are fighting for free school meals for local children during half-term after MPs rejected a campaign started by footballer Marcus Rashford. A vote on the measures was backed by Labour and made its way to Parliament this week but it was defeated by 322 votes to 261. Since then, hundreds of hospitality businesses across the country have shown they “stand with Rashford, not the 322”, by supporting families during the school holidays. We are currently organising a way of using our studio for the day to take donations to send to local charities and schools. In the meantime here are some of the Leeds restaurants, businesses and community groups which have pledged to help. Further support can also be found at trusseltrust.org - where you can find information on your local food bank, emergency food parcels, food vouchers and non-food items. This list will be updated daily, we would love for you to comment with businesses, organisations, groups or individuals taking donations at this point.
Belgrave Music Hall
They've got their teams together across the sites and in light of the government's decision not to extend free school meals to thousands of vulnerable children this half term, they said on social media "We (along with many other businesses in our community) are going to try and do what we can to reach those in need of additional support over next week's planned half term school holiday".
"This year has been incredibly difficult for so many, and whilst we want to do our bit - we recognise that not all are in a position to access our venue during its opening hours over the coming days - so we are going to be delivering food parcels to the homes of those who require them.Please, please, please do drop us a private message if you need a hand and we will do what we can to reach you as soon as possible, no questions asked. We will try and get back to all messages within 24hrs."
Children aged between 4 and 16 can get a free chicken or vegetable biryani from the Chadwick Street restaurant from Sat October 24 until Sun November 1. The hours to pick up food are between 5pm and 6pm. Mumtaz asks that children under 12 come with an adult.
Prashad The Drighlington restaurant is not offering food, but has asked any families who are struggling to reach out via their Facebook page for support: https://www.facebook.com/prashadrestaurant/
Little Bao Boy Children under 16 can visit the Asian street vendor at North Brewing Co Taproom, in Sovereign Square, between 3pm and 4.30pm during half term to collect a free bao bun and fries.
Little Red Food Truck by Sela Bar Sela Bar's hot dog truck has offered to work with schools or organisations in Leeds to hand out free lunches for children during half term.