A generous cafe owner has offered to provide food for children over the half term holidays after a disappointing government vote against extending the scheme.
John Johanson, who owns Yummies Cafe and Shakes on Copplehouse Lane in Fazakerley, said on Facebook that he would be doing what he could to support families next week.
As children look forward to some time off school over the half term, there is growing concern that many will be left without a hot meal as families in the city struggle to make ends meet.
On Wednesday night, the Conservative government refused to back a motion for free school meals for the poorest children over the school holidays and increase the amount paid to people in our region on furlough.
Since the vote was made, people across the country have offered to help in any way they can to make sure that no child goes hungry.
In his post, John said that school age children could come to his cafe for a free hot breakfast throughout the half term.
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He said: “Due to what the government have decided to do over the school meal entitlement over half term, every day next week from 9am – 10am any child from the age of 4 to the age of 16 who come into Yummies will be entitled to a FREE sausage OR bacon sandwich.
“Times are hard at the moment and we should all try and stick together and look after our own, seen as the government DON’T.
“This might not be much but we are trying to help the people of Liverpool as much as we can, from all the staff at Yummies.”
Speaking to the ECHO about why he decided to help, John said: “No kid at all should go hungry in this day and age.
“Everybody should stick together especially Scousers, we’re different from rest.”
Countless other kind offers have been made by people in Merseyside to help those in need.
Liverpool FC have also stepped in to help some of the children in the city who the government are refusing to feed.
The club’s Red Neighbours community programme will be delivering 1,000 free meals to families in and around Anfield.
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The team will also be providing half-term ‘Breakfast Club To You’ packs to all 25 schools in Anfield and Kirkby.
160 packs will be going out, with each one feeding a family of four – so a total of 640 people.
The ECHO also understands that Liverpool FC’s Foundation will be making a substantial donation of more than £200,000 to the North Liverpool Foodbank ahead of what is expected to be an extremely difficult winter for people in the city.
Everton also have a regular programme of projects to help struggling families and kids that is continuing over half-term.
The Blues regularly deliver food parcels to local children during school holidays and to socially isolated residents thanks to donations from catering firm Relish.
The club receives weekly donations from Relish and we work the community centres like Rotunda to distribute them.
At the moment Everton are working with 60 partner schools to provide bespoke support for children and families.