Local Labour Councillors and community activist, today came together with members of the load community in Walsall to call on Walsall Council to provide free meals for vulnerable children in the area. While other local authorities in the West Midlands’s such as Wolverhampton, Birmngham, Telford and Wrekin have already confirmed they will be doing this, Walsalls Council Leader Cllr Mike Bird ,gave a one word answer ‘no’. A number of Speakers made points about the political choices being made, and their implications for our local families.
Local businesses have risen to this challenge as they did during lock down. Free ‘school meals’ are being provided by cafes such as the Davey Bakehouse in Darlaston, The Walsall Arms Tap house. Ye Olde Tole House is running a Half Term Holiday Kitchen and Marino’s Fishbar are doing free Children’s lunches. This traditional Community approach of making sure nobody goes without and prioritising children really brings people together. Many of our local faith communities including Midland Langar Seva Society and community groups have been providing food throughout the COVID-19 crisis, providing an essential back up for local community.
Local community organiser and Darlaston resident Andrea Bradley, the manager of Walsall Mind and Body says “I’m really proud of the way local businesses and the voluntary sector have stepped up, great community spirit. If you or your business are able to help with financial donations or with food Please contact me via Labouroflovewalsall@gmail.com. If your concerned about feeding your children during the holidays and we will try and link you up with local help”