In response to the government withdrawing free school meals for children during school holidays, Lewisham’s mayoresses worked closely with our community relations officer William Cooper to figure out a way to provide food for families in need during this week’s half term.
The result was the Lewisham Packed Lunch Appeal which sought crowdfunding and partnerships with local organisations. Will and the mayoresses then worked with the council to identify the primary schools that would benefit most from the service.
More than 200 volunteers signed up to help make the lunches, and over the course of this week nearly 700 packed lunches have been made every day. The team has raised over £30,000 via the crowdfunder and now 1,500 students who usually receive free school meals have been offered packed lunches throughout this week.
One of our residents from the Evelyn Estate whose child received some of the lunches said: “It’s awesome and we really appreciate it. I’m ill at the moment so this has really helped me with my son. Thank you so much.”
We’re happy to report that many more of our residents have been recipients of this appeal. Well done to everybody involved!