Communities in Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes step in to feed disadvantaged children in the school holidays

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Communities across the region have stepped in to feed disadvantaged children over the school holidays amid growing anger over the government's refusal to extend free school meals.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure from former ministers and some Tory MPs to reverse the move, following a campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford. 

From businesses donating food to individuals giving up their time to cook, many have pledged to help those most in need.

In Milton Keynes, cafe owner Barry Ashley has been busy preparing packed lunches for local kids.

Milton Keynes cafe owner Barry Ashley preparing the lunches Credit: ITV News Anglia

Volunteer helpers at Soham Town Rangers FC are providing hot meals for youngsters free of charge throughout half-term.

Volunteers at the Soham Town Rangers FC serving free half-term meals Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are hungry children in our most affluent communities. Cambridge Food Bank has been providing food for large numbers of struggling families throughout the pandemic

It's being asked for more and more help from right across the city.

Cambridge food bank Credit: ITV News Anglia

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