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Lynne
Lynne
25 Oct 2020 07:50

If I were to buy some fresh fruit and veg where in Dawlish could I drop it off so that it could be gotten asap to needy Dawlish kids this half term? 

Lynne
Lynne
26 Oct 2020 06:08

As well as posting on here I also made enquiries in other directions. 

It seems the best way of helping is by a financial donation to Helping Dawlish. Click here for details. https://www.dawlish.gov.uk/pay-an-invoice/

Lynne
Lynne
26 Oct 2020 06:14

and The Boathouse at Dawlish Warren are helping out as well.

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS
We know that there a lot of children locally that rely on their free school dinners as a source of a hot daily meal. We will be doing our bit to help out a little during next weeks half term.
We will be offering:
Sausages and chips or Fish fingers and chips with a portion of fruit and a juice drink.
These will be available from Monday the 26th through until Friday 30th between 11.30am and 12.30pm."THIS IS A TAKEAWAY OPTION ONLY"
Please email Sally before 9.30am to book a free children's meal. To ensure that these lunches go to the right people all we ask is to show proof of address and to have your child/children with you upon collection.
As you walk towards the Boathouse you will see a sign to the right of the building stating "Pick up point" where a member of the team will deliver your parcels.

The Boathouse Team

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Lynne
Lynne
26 Oct 2020 14:01

FREE CHILDREN'S PACKED LUNCH BOXES - HELPING DAWLISH

 

Helping Dawlish is offering children locally who rely on free school lunches a free packed lunch box - with sandwiches, fruit, drink and crisps from Monday 26th to Friday 30th October.

They will be available between 11.30am -12.30pm as a takeaway only and collected from the side of the Manor House.

Must be pre-booked -please ring or text 07584 052306 before 9.30am each day to book a free lunch box as they will be made up each morning. On collection proof of local home address will need to be shown. If a family is self isolating home delivery may be possible.  

Lynne
Lynne
26 Oct 2020 18:06

The Mid Devon Advertiser (Dawlish Gazette) would like to know of any eateries in Teignbridge offering free meals to schoolchildren.  Please get in touch on: 01626 353555

Lynne
Lynne
27 Oct 2020 07:03

Click here for info about Teignbridge District Council's Covid 19 hardship fund

https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/funding-support/covid-19-hardship-fund/

Lynne
Lynne
29 Oct 2020 11:13

@ 1.10.20 there were (are) a total of 327 children claiming free schools meals attending schools located within the parish of Dawlish 

 

(source: email correspondence with Devon County Council) 

Lynne
Lynne
01 Nov 2020 13:48
leatash
leatash
01 Nov 2020 15:59
leatash
leatash
01 Nov 2020 16:02

So the average price of a School meal is £2 at DCC a meal deal is £2.30 so just give the parents a food voucher for £11.50 per week and problem solved.

Lynne
Lynne
01 Nov 2020 16:55

When the fsm voucher scheme was in operation (started lock down and then carried on in school summer holidays) it was worth £15 per child per week rather than £11.50 per week which is what I understand the government normally pays out to schools for each child qualifying for fsm.

 

See below for explanation as to the £3.50 per week per child difference between fsm voucher and meal had at school.

 

“....families will be provided with a £15 voucher worth more than school meals.

During term time the government pays each school a flat rate of £2.30 per child per meal, equalling £11.50.

Families will be given more than the rate paid to schools for free school meals because the government says it recognises "that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs".

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-31/coronavirus-children-on-free-school-meals-to-get-15-weekly-food-voucher

 

 

leatash
leatash
01 Nov 2020 17:05

So for the 327 children in this parish it would only cost £752.10 per week.

Lynne
Lynne
01 Nov 2020 17:49

Not sure how you reached that figure @Leatash

I make 327 x £15 = £4,905 per week.

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leatash
leatash
01 Nov 2020 19:18

Sorry £3760.50 

Lynne
Lynne
02 Nov 2020 05:40

Which is 327 x £11.50

Lynne
Lynne
08 Nov 2020 10:03

Only a couple of weeks ago the government whipped its MPs to vote against extending the free school meal scheme in England during the school holidays up to and including the Easter school holidays 2021.

 

Now it seems its changed its mind. (again)

 

"The DWP confirmed the £170m worth of winter grants would be administered by councils in England rather than schools.

The funding will be ring-fenced, with at least 80 per cent earmarked to support with food and bills, and will cover the period to the end of March.

Local authorities will receive the funding at the beginning of December."

 

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11667/12127093/marcus-rashford-welcomes-government-u-turn-on-free-school-meals-at-christmas


 

Rashford 'proud' after Government U-turn on free school ...

www.itv.com › news › rashford-proud-after-governme...

 

  1.  

9 hours ago — England footballer Marcus Rashford and child poverty campaigners are celebrating after the Government U-turned over providing free meals to ...


 

Marcus Rashford 'proud' as government U-turns on providing ...

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk › news › marcus-rash...

 

10 hours ago — The Manchester United striker's petition to extend free meals into the school holidays gathered more than one million signatures.


 

'Hero' Marcus Rashford hailed as government announces free ...

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk › news › marcus-rash...

 

58 mins ago — The United star has campaigned for free school meals to be ... has been hailed a 'hero' as his campaign forced another government U-turn.

 

 

   

Carer
Carer
09 Nov 2020 20:08

The word 'Hero' is used all to freely these days.

I'm NOT saying he hasn't done a bad job but REAL heroes have given their all for this country and made the ultimate sacrifice in ensuring that we live in a free(?) safe(?) world, and not someone who gets paid more in a week that a lot of people take a lifetime to earn and who could pay for every child who is reported to be living in poverty (while the single parent has the designer clothes and latest iPhone)  and supply them with food for a month and he wouldn't miss the money plus he could claim it back on tax as a charitable donation! 

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