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Free meals for pupils in Bucks

Schools shut last week because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:43am 30th March 2020. 2-minute read.

Free meals for pupils in Bucks

Waddesdon Manor is helping Buckinghamshire pupils by providing meals through the week. 

Chefs from Waddesdon Manor and Fire Arrows are supplying breakfast and a hot lunch for their students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

It is being coordinated by local organisation Aspire which provides alternative education provision and support for secondary age pupils in Buckinghamshire. 

Over a million children in England received free school meals before the closures last week, and this move has meant they are severely affected with a loss of that support. 

Foodbanks have also attributed a surge in people needed their service partially down to children being unable to access their free school meals.

Therefore these teams are providing meals, being cautious of social distancing in the Waddesdon kitchens.  

Once the food is prepared,  Aspire staff then transport the meals to individual students while practicing social distancing methods. 

Once existing supplies run out the Rothschild Foundation, a grant-making charity based at Waddesdon, will provide funding to continue the scheme.

Additionally, 900 chocolate eggs that were supplied to Waddesdon as prizes for Easter trails have been delivered to Aylesbury Food Bank.

Ten boxes were also given to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, and the same number were taken to Stoke Mandeville hospital’s children’s ward.

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