Local school children are set to benefit from a £10,000 donation from the city council which is going towards paying for free meals during the current half term break.

The move came after the council’s deputy leader, Gail Harris, announced the council’s £10,000 pledge following Marcus Rashford’s high profile campaign to extend free school meals outside of term time.

The city council will work with its established food network providers in Norwich who are already set up to distribute food to those most in need.

Cllr Harris said: “Despite the fact that the city council isn’t in charge of providing education or free school meals, we wanted to step in and help however we could.

“This money will be given to an established network of charitable and voluntary food providers across the city to put towards the cost of providing free meals, outside of the school term, to those eligible for free school meals.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to play our part in ensuring those most in need are given access to food during the half term break.”

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If you’re not already part of the network of food providers in the city please email community@norwich.gov.uk to join up and you’ll be sent a form to apply.