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Stones Community Trust

Stones serve up half term lunches

After serving up 1,400 lunches during August, the Stones Community Trust are back in the kitchen this October half term.

Maidstone United’s charity have been doing some door-to-door deliveries for children living in Mangravet, Park Wood and Shepway, who’ve taken part in their May and August holiday schemes.

From tomorrow, SCT staff will be based at the Fusion Healthy Living Centre, 2-3 Cobb Way, Park Wood.

Activity packs and a packed lunch will be available on Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm and Thursday and Friday from 11am to 3pm.

Community Development Officer Kay Skelton said: “We were hoping to run a full holiday programme this week but have prioritised the lunches for families as we know there’s a real need in the community for that.

“So many families rely on the school meal and some have difficult decisions to make every holiday.

“The club and subsequently the Trust have run school holiday projects, which include a meal, for the last few years and the feedback really tugs on the heartstrings at times.”

Clear MPW Insurance Brokers, based at Turkey Mill, has donated towards the half term food project to supplement SCT funds.

Stones Chief Executive Bill Williams said: “It’s wonderful to see communities coming together to provide support in these most challenging of times.

“I must pay tribute to Marcus Rashford for leading this campaign. He’s an exceptional young man who’s using his profile and influence for all the right reasons.

“From one MUFC to another, I am pleased to see our Community Trust building on the work they’ve done this year and supporting local children during this half term break.”

Families on Mangravet, Park Wood and Shepway looking for support during half term can call Kay on 07429 337994 or email kay.skelton@stonesct.org.uk

Community support

  • SCT partner Golding Homes have teamed up with Fusion Maidstone to offer a free lunch pack to anyone struggling to feed their family this half-term holiday. To register for the scheme this half term please contact Golding Homes’ community development team on com.dev@goldinghomes.org.uk or call 0300 777 2600.
    • The lunch packs are available to collect from the Fusion Café to anyone who receives free school meals during term time and might be struggling over the holiday period. Golding Homes is also offering anyone unable to get to Park Wood, who is eligible for free school meals, a food voucher which covers the cost of free school meals for a week.
  • Support is also available from Kent County Council, which has announced vouchers for food are available during half term for families whose children are eligible for free school meals. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or call the dedicated helpline on 03000 41 24 24. You have until next Monday 2 November at 5pm to apply for the KCC scheme.