Liberal Democrat county councillor Rob Colwell and Emma Brock of The Community Shop with some of the food available to families in need.

Kind-hearted members of the West Norfolk community have pulled together to ensure local children don’t go hungry this Easter. 

Norfolk County Council has not provided free school meal lunch vouchers for children this Easter holiday, prompting volunteers to step in.

Emma Brock, of The Community Shop at King’s Lynn’s Fairstead,  posted on social media: “We know that in Norfolk free school meals have ended and Fairstead Community Shop wants to help. We have made up a load of lunches for families in need.” 

Liberal Democrat county councillor for Gaywood South, Rob Colwell approached local supermarkets for help for what he described as a “heartless move by out-of-touch councillors in control”. 

He said the first to respond was Tesco at Gaywood and that day 60 lunches were provided.

Other supermarkets have subsequently replied and their offers will be taken up if the need arises, Mr Colwell said. 

He added: “I think something is very wrong with our local council when Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are providing these vital meals still. 

“With the cost of living crisis hitting Norfolk families, now is exactly the time they should be stepping up and doing more. I simply won’t allow children hungry in King’s Lynn.” 

The Community Shop has thanked  the Tesco store and has also appealed to footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford to intervene to help Norfolk families. 

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said it was running a lot of holiday activities for children which include free meals. 

To find an activity go to https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/campaigns/big-norfolk-holiday-fun 

For those who are struggling there is also help available via the Norfolk Assistance Scheme. 

For details and to apply go to https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/support-for-living-independently/money-and-benefits/norfolk-assistance-scheme

Applications can also be made by calling 0344 800 8020.