BUSINESSES around the city have stepped up to offer free meals for children who who might struggle to eat during half term, after the government voted against a proposal to provide free school meals during the holiday.

In a true testament to Worcester's community spirit dozens of local people and businesses have offered support to Sam Barriscale, owner of Ma Baker's.

Ma Baker's was the first business to suggest providing the meals to children in poverty.

In a Facebook post on Friday Mr Barriscale wrote: "Our elected MP has voted for the poorest children to go without food this half term

"I cannot put into words how I feel about this without getting a Facebook ban.

"So what we're offering is, if you know a child that is going to struggle to eat over the half term, please send them our way for a filled roll or a hot pastry.

"Please don't be embarrassed or proud. If you'd like to call me personally so you don't have to ask in the shop, please use the mobile number on the website and I'll make sure it's ready for your child to collect."

Since than over £4,000 has been donated to a Just Giving page set up by the baker to fund the free meals, breaking the £500 target within hours.

Any funds left over will be donated to the Foodbank said Mr Barriscale.

Here is a list of places that have offered to provide free meals to children next week:

  • Rainbow Hill Chippy, Astwood Road, Worcester
  • Alma Tavern, Droitwich Road, Worcester
  • Ma Baker's, Cranham Drive, Worcester
  • Queens Fish and Chip Bar, Queen Street, Droitwich
  • Orchard Cafe, Worcester Countryside Centre
  • Salvation Army, Queen Street, Worcester

Do you know of any businesses not on the list? Please, let us know so we can add them in!