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Cornwall College to provide free school meals over summer

Cornwall College to provide free school meals over summer

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:38am 17th June 2020. (Updated at 8:17am 17th June 2020)

Cornwall College has committed to providing free school meals for its learners who are eligible throughout the summer break.

The scheme normally ends at the end of the academic year, but Principal and Chief Executive of the Group, John Evans, said it was a moral duty to continue to support learners who need it during these unprecedented times.

It follows a campaign from England footballer Marcus Rashford which sparked the government to make a u-turn on providing free school meals over the summer.

The vouchers - for £15 a week - will be made available to around 1.3 million children in England who are currently eligible for the scheme, and will last for six weeks.

Duchy College Stoke Climsland
Duchy College Stoke Climsland

“We have certainly been inspired by Premier League footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to get the Government to provide free school meals during the summer, and we are pleased the decision to end the scheme for schools has just been reversed. We are ensuring the same applies for 16 to 18 year old learners.

“Serving the communities we do, we know how essential free school meals are, so we decided to run the scheme ourselves. With the impact coronavirus has had, the pressure on many households has never been greater. We have supported key workers and NHS staff with our 3D designed PPE, our staff have volunteered, but feeding our most vulnerable learners throughout the summer is a vital way we can serve the communities in which we operate.”

John Evans, Cornwall College

Duchy College Rosewarne
Duchy College Rosewarne

Food poverty is a day-to-day reality for more and more people in the UK, with one in four parents skipping meals in order to make ends meet, and the problems are often worse during the school holidays.

“Our mission is to provide exceptional education and training for every learner to improve their career prospects.

“In order to do this, our learners need to have the energy to learn and not have the anxiety of where their next meal is coming from hanging over them.

“I hope the families of our learners will find some relief in the fact their children who attend our colleges at Duchy Colleges in Rosewarne and Stoke Climsland, Falmouth Marine School, Bicton College and our Cornwall College campuses in Camborne, St Austell and Newquay will have guaranteed meals during the summer.”

John Evans, Cornwall College

Colleges have begun welcoming back increasing numbers of learners onto their campuses following a huge amount of work securing a safe working environment that factors in social distancing.

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