Supporting Doorways

The data shows that the number of children in England receiving free school meals has soared to more than 1.7 million, including more than 1 million aged between four and 11, official data shows. Figures from the annual school census show a rise from 1.44 million children, or 17.3% of all pupils, in January 2020 to 1.74 million, nearly 21%, in January this year.

To be eligible for free school meals parents or carers are receiving universal credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year, or receiving similar benefits. Many of us would struggle enormously to manage on this money for any period of time. As we go into the 6 week summer holiday, providing food for a growing family becomes hugely challenging when that school meal is not available.

A lifeline for many is Derby is Doorways, run by Craig and Lisa Wheatley. Since Covid-19 struck they have set up a food produce table twice a week where people and families can come along and take what they need to put meals on the table. They regularly see over 120 households each time they are open. The have also delivered over 2000 food parcels to those in need.

Danery is proud to support Craig, Lisa and their volunteers.