Where can I get free meals for children this half term in Norfolk and Waveney?

Volunteers at the Phoenix Centre in Norwich prepare the free school lunches. Pic: supplied

Volunteers at the Phoenix Centre in Norwich prepare the free school lunches. Pic: supplied - Credit: Archant

Need help feeding your child over half term? Here’s where you can get free meals for school children.

Businesses across Norfolk and Waveney are rallying to help provide free meals to school children after MPs rejected England footballer Marcus Rashford’s bid to extend the provision during half term.

Here’s where is offering help:

The Picnic Hut, Wells-Next-The-Sea: offering free packed lunches. After posting on Facebook, they were inundated with offers of donations, so they have now started a Gofund me page asking people to donate £1 per school lunch box. Target was £200 and in 24 hours they made £400 which means they can feed 420 children now. Will extend it over Christmas holidays too.

A Varina, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth: offering free meals to school children during half term. Parents/carers can Facebook message them or contact them on 01493 844581 or email hello@avarina.co.uk to request meals for their children in complete confidence.

Red Lion pub, Dereham, Quebec St, Dereham NR19 2DJ: offering free packed lunches over half term if you pre-order. Call them on 07762 427490 or message them on Facebook. Similarly at the Pig and Whistle, 2-8 All Saints Green, Norwich NR1 3NA. Call the same number.


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The Jolly Sailors, Pakefield (part of the Moss & Co group) on 01502 531418 will be offering free packed lunches for children on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Message them on Facebook to order.

Wymondham community outreach project: open Tuesdays and Saturdays 12-1pm. Food for those in need. Contact them on twitter @wymondhamshare or email community@wymondhamrcchurch.org.uk

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JGLS Catering: offering free meals for children during the holidays from two of its sites at the Drayton Road cafe, Norwich and 63, Mill Lane, Aylsham.

Please email for times and collection spots info@jglscatering.co.uk or call 01603 926010.

Cafe Kitale, 4 St Nicholas Rd, North Walsham 07553 610379 is supplying 20 free meals per day during half term. Call them.

The Perfect Catch, Market Place Dereham, 01362 693177: offering a free meal between 11.30am and 2pm: choice of sausage, fish cake, burger or chicken nuggets, chips and a drink as well as a small gift for children.

Tim Briscoe, owner of Buxton Potatoes: offering 2.5kg bagged potatoes for collection for organisations providing free children’s meals. Contact Tim at Dudwick Farm House, Cawston Rd, Buxton, on 07770 928567.

North Walsham Community Fridge and Shop, 1b Market Place, North Walsham: Free packed lunch bags available. Simply pop in to collect one.

Jason’s Fish and Chips, 48 Salhouse Rd, Rackheath. 01603 722525: Free sausage and chips, drink and fruit for children over half term.

Phoenix Centre, 132A Mile Cross Rd, Upper Hellesdon, 01603 403814: Free packed lunches every day and family hampers on Friday.

Peggotty’s Bar, 162 King St, Great Yarmouth, 07377 335852: Free eat in meals for children.

Breakers Cafe, 28, Garden St, Cromer, 01263 515660: Free meals to all children over half term.

Baytree House hotel, 30 Lyndhurst Rd, Lowestoft, 01502 530315: Free packed lunches.

Lowestoft Tandoori, 176 High St, Lowestoft: Contact them on 01502 511818 for meals for children.

Waveney Foodbank: During half term, it is relaxing the voucher guidelines so if you need help, text your postcode to 07484 394749 and you will be directed to your nearest food bank distribution centre.

The Angel, Loddon: Free meals for children over half-term. Message them confidentially on Facebook or call 01508 520669 and all you have to say is that you want to book an “Angel meal” and for how many children. Complimentary tea/coffee will also be served to parents. Takeaway Service is also available.

Erpingham House vegan restaurant, Tombland, Norwich: Free meals for children aged 4-16 and adults don’t need to buy a meal.

Mums who are part of the Norwich Mumbler group can provide free packed lunches over half term. Message their Facebook group or text or call 07397 028471.

Branford’s Restaurant and Bar, Old Hall Hotel, Caister-on-Sea: Offering 30 packed lunches a day for collection from 11,30am. Message on Facebook to order one.

Kirsty’s Cakery, Anna Sewell House, 26, Church Plain, Great Yarmouth: Offering breakfast club 8am-10am every day where free breakfast for children available.

Dexia beauty salon, 84, Church Lane, Gorleston: Taking food donations with hampers available from Thursday. No donations after Tuesday.

Lighthouse Community Church, Sheringham: Free packed lunches, to book, email: cafe@lighthousesheringham.org.

Swan Hotel, Harleston: Free meals to school age children from Wednesday October 28-Friday October 30 between midday-2pm. Turn up on the day or call 01379 852221.

The Hilltop cafe, Rackheath: Free children’s meals for under 12s.

Mid Norfolk Kidz Klub: Food parcels for families in Watton, Swaffham and Dereham areas. Email kidzklub@folchurch.co.uk or message on their Facebook page.

Tatlers Pizza, Station Business Park, Horning Road West, Hoveton: Free pizza, drink and ice cream for children and no other purchase necessary.

The Treehouse, Charles Road, Holt: Free packed lunches.

Holt Youth Project, Old Station Way, Holt: A free two course meal on Wednesday October 28 for children. To book a table, text 0774753371.

Heydon Tearoom: Free packed lunches. Parents need to contact them on 01263 587211 or email cindy.watson@sky.com.

Cupcake & Co, Upper St Giles Street, Norwich: Lunch packs available after help with Bread Source bakery. To order one, email hello@cupcakeand.co or contact them on Instagram @cupcakeandco_

The Feed, 78-80 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich: Donations to be dropped at the Feed Cafe, Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm.

Dukes Head, Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth; Packed lunches available on 01493 858730.

Sam’s cafe, Vauxhall Street, Norwich; Free sandwich, bag of crisps and drink free to children of school age, to be eaten in.

The Bull, Litcham: Call on 01328 701340.

Cupcakesmehappy cake maker: On 07824 885509, providing 20 packed lunches every day over half term. Please DM on Facebook.

The Railway Tavern, Dereham: Free meals for school children. Call to order 01362 288166.

The Fire Pit Camp, Dereham: Free pizzas for children. DM them on their Facebook page.

Hockering Football Club, Heath Park: Offering meals to local school children all week from the pavilion.

The White Hart, London Street, Swaffham: Free hot meals and and teatime sandwich and snack, ready to collect daily from 11am. To order, call 01760 724295 or email info@whitehartswaffham.co.uk.

The Green Dragon, Thetford: Free packed lunches. DM on their Facebook page.

Deliverysweetuk, Thetford: DM them on Facebook for a lunch bag with sweet treat.

Traquinas childcare, Raymond Street, Thetford: Ring them 01842 751406 or DM on Facebook.

Pine Close Community Centre, Thetford: Meals available.

Angel Cakes Tearoom, New Buckenham: Free children’s lunch available from 10am-2.30pm. Just call in.

Freebridge Community Housing: www.freebridge.org.uk are accepting food parcels.

The Running Horse, Fakenham: Free packed lunches available daily from 11am. DM on their Facebook page for collection.

The Mardle Cafe, The Street, Lound, near Lowestoft: DM on their Facebook page to receive free packed lunch.

French’s Fish and Chip Shop, Wells: Giving away free fishcake or sausage (including vegetarian) to all school aged children between 11.30am-3pm. No other purchase necessary but child must be present.

‘A Little More Kindness’: Facebook, or text Elaine on 07736 452704.

The Conservatory, Penfold Street, Aylsham: Free packed lunches available by DM on Facebook or post order through letter box by 9pm night before and can order for entire week. Or call them on 01263 734433.

Acle Spice, Acle: Call in for a free curry and rice for children.

Silver Road community centre, Norwich: Parcels available by texting 07786694325 or email hello@silverroadcc.org.

The Falcon, Pulham Market: Free children’s meals all week from midday-3pm. Call in or DM on their Facebook page.

Moorish Falafel Bar, Lower Goat Lane, Norwich: Free wrap and a drink for children, no questions asked, just ask for ‘kids special.’

Martham Debiz Cafeteria: DM on their Facebook for free lunch.

Wymondham Football Club: Free packed lunches also taking food donations. Just call in, no questions asked.

The Bird In Hand Pub, Wreningham: Offering scampi and chips or chicken nuggets and chips for children. Send message on their Facebook.

Nippy Chippy Van, Norwich: Turn up and ask for kids meal. The van is at Fleggburgh village hall on Tuesday, Salhouse playing field on Wednesday and at the Glades, Little Plumstead on Thursday and at the Heathlands social club on Friday.

Fish ‘n’ Fry, Mundesley: Kids meals with accompanying adult.

King’s Lynn (various): Food parcels being handed out at Discovery Centre, Fairstead Community Shop and Providence Street Community Centre

To pledge donations or help: The Norfolk Community Foundation will provide funding to those who are providing free food to those who need it. To help the local food banks and charities you can visit www.norfolkfoundation.com or call 01603 623958 to make a donation.

Minors & Brady estate agents offices in Caister-on-Sea, Wroxham and Dereham are taking non-perishable food items which they will deliver to foodbanks. They are also doing a 24 hour sponsored cycle ride in their Wroxham office to raise money. You can see their live stream on Facebook at 3pm on Friday, October 30.

If you are offering free meals for children over half term, email caroline.culot@archant to be included in this list.

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