Ashburton community supports free meals this half-term

Coljan – One of the venues participating in the scheme

Based on the most simple premise that no child should go hungry the Ashburton community has come together again to support a common goal. 

As half term had started, a local lady Sharon Cummings created a small and dedicated group of local people to develop a scheme in less than 48 hours to ensure that no child goes hungry over the half term.

The initial idea came like most idea’s based on the topical news and a sense of injustice for members of the local community that may  currently be struggling.   A local company ITUS event Support Services made an initial donation of £250 and within a matter of hours, the local group had enlisted the support of other local businesses to print, distribute and redeem so the CAshburton voucher was born.  Designed and printed by local screen printing company Salty’s Studio based on North Street, Ashburton they were ready for distribution first thing.

From Monday 26th October, any child normally eligible for a free school meal or any family just needing a helping hand could visit one of the two local collection points, Ashburton Post Office or GNASH Comics and Graphic Novels to pick up their voucher.  The scheme has been underwritten by generosity of local people who have donated through Facebook amassing over £2000 in the first couple of days demonstrating their understanding and local desire to ensure no child goes hungry.

The vouchers can be redeemed and exchanged for a selection of hot or cold food and a drink from local eateries Coljan, East Street Kitchen, Old Library and Taylors in Ashburton fully accessible to families between 12 noon and 2pm daily.  

Amy Mitchell of Old Library said “we wanted to get involved to make sure every child goes to bed with a full stomach and every parent has one less worry in this world”

In addition the Ashburton Larder also offered to support local families by supplying some easy to reheat ready meals to help substitute or go alongside the offering in support of parents and their children.

The whole team have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity  received by the community who have supported the scheme through offers of help and once again, the Ashburton community has answered the need of the local community.  Anyone needing a helping hand is encouraged to take part in the scheme.

Laura White

Author: Laura White

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