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Community comes together to make food parcels for children in West Sussex

A restaurant and volunteers in a West Sussex village have joined forces to provide food for children who would normally have free school meals.

More than 100 bags are being distributed around East and West Wittering to support families that are self-isolating.

Following the closure of schools across the country, the governor of East Wittering Primary School noted there was no plan in place to support families who needed help feeding their children, where they would usually have access to free school meals.

Among each parcel is fruit, vegetables and cooked meat. Credit: ITV Meridian

Many restaurants and other businesses across East and West Wittering then came together to offer items that could be parcelled up and delivered to families in the area.

The Boulevard Restaurant in East Wittering posted on social media yesterday its food parcels that staff had put together to help local school children.

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In one day, volunteers on the project delivered to 39 families who needed help.

Lisa Clark helps to deliver food parcels to those in need. Credit: ITV Meridian

Lisa Clark, a volunteer on the scheme, says families have been blown away by the response from the community.

Mums and dads and the kids were blown away by what people locally have done. And we just want to make sure that we can keep going for the duration, as long as the schools are closed and as long as people are self-isolating."

– Lisa Clark, Volunteer
Credit: ITV Meridian

Headteacher of East Wittering Primary School, Justine Brooks, says the school wanted to make sure families struggling financially due to the coronavirus were supported while schools were closed.

In the absence of immediate advice being available from the government and the local authority about how to put this into action, we decided to source a local business to help us, we didn't want to run the risk that nothing would be available.

The Boulevard were fantastic is coming to the rescue when we approached them with the idea of providing food parcels for parents to collect. Volunteers from the local community also came forward to deliver to families self isolating.

We are very grateful for the amazing community spirit that has ensured that children continue to receive nutritious and balanced food whilst we are in this challenging situation."

– Justine Brooks, Headteacher