Pubs, shops, community groups and local businesses are pitching in to help out with school meals this week. Here are some of them:


Sue Brady Catering and Love Marlborough Kids Meals have teamed up to offer any children hot baked potatoes, every lunchtime this week.

They can be picked up from St. Mary’s Church Hall in Silverless Street, Marlborough between 12 and 2pm Monday 26th – Friday 30th October.

Jodie Perkins of the Gourmet Brownie Kitchen, based in Poulshot, said: “On Friday we were seeing posts online about how children could be going hungry and felt like we had to do something. We have plenty of ovens and fridges at our unit, and it doesn’t cost us much to pull together some lunches.”


In Pewsey, the PCCA has launched into action. They say if you’re a family who would need our help on this you can ring us confidentially on 01672 487022 or email

They will be working with the children’s centre and local schools, but welcome any independent queries too.

The Pewsey Spar shop is also offering to help. “We will be providing a lunch for any child in need from Monday October 26 to Friday 30. Just pop instore with your child/children and we will give them a lunch. There is no shame in asking for help and accepting a helping hand. We, as always, are there for you.”

And the Pewsey Hand Carwash has also joined the effort, manager Razzy Ahmed saying: “Just so you know, if you run out of food or necessities or times are just tough, please don’t let your kids go to sleep on an empty stomach, don’t feel afraid or embarrassed, I will do anything to help.

The newly reopened Woodbridge Inn near Pewsey has also offered help, saying people can call in confidentially and take food away. “There is no judgement,” it says. Call 01980 630266.


Pearce Electrical Contractors are working with Biddles Café in the Shambles to provide a warm bacon roll and drink to any child who usually receives a free school meal. Available until 2pm Monday – Friday.

The Raintree are open 1pm-2pm for the collection of a lunch pack that consists of chicken curry, rice, juice and a piece of fruit

The Gourmet Kitchen Brownie in Poulshot is offering free packed lunches. Please message their Facebook page for more information.

The Cavalier on Eastleigh Road are offering a free lunch pack, (sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and a bag of crisps to takeaway) available to collect from the pub for any child, during half term from 26th October. call on 01380 725193

The Eastleigh Road Fish n Chip Shop is also offering free sausage and chips to school age children this half term, on Wednesday 28th between 4.15 -5PM.


The George & Dragon are providing free lunches and hot food over half term. Collection from the Pub for any child


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Brewery Inn at Seend Cleeve will have packed lunches made up ready to collect from 12 noon, offering a free school lunch during half term to those that our eligible. Please message them in confidence to make arrangements.


Future Football Bowerhill Football field, Melksham between 11 am and 1 pm


Lacock Bakery from 11am to 12:30pm will be offering meals