Many across the region are stepping forward to offer free meals for children over the half-term break.

A string of Tees Valley businesses are pulling together to feed vulnerable children this half term, offering a free meal, no questions asked, after the Government ruled out extending free school meals beyond term time.

Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford forced a Government U-turn on free school meal vouchers for eligible children over the summer holidays. It led to a £120m “Covid summer food fund” for 1.3 million children in England.

A similar petition, led by Rashford, calling for the Government to extend the free school meals scheme during half-term and Christmas hit 100,000 signatures just 10 hours after it was launched. But the campaign was voted down by 322 votes to 261.

By rejecting the proposal to extend the scheme, the Government has been accused of “letting down” parents of thousands of children who are entitled to free school meals during term time.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants across the Tees valley have generously pledged to offer free meals for local children. Here is a list of some of the places confirmed so far: with information and what they are offering and where you can find them.


Amigos, 49 Eastbourne Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6LN.
Free kids’ pizza and chips to collect between Monday to Friday, 1pm – 3pm.

Bier & Beer, 57 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1NG.
Food parcels to be picked up from the bar, or can be discretely delivered. Drop them a message on Facebook here or call them on 01642 941500.

The Home Made Deli: 2 Fosdyke Green, Middlesbrough, TS3 0RY.
This week Monday – Thursday, kids eat FREE. Any parents that place an order can bring their kids down to collect and get FREE pizza or pasta of their choice! More info here

Hutton Carpets 23 Longlands Road Middlesbrough
Free packed lunches prepared and packed at two days notice. Please contact them directly if you require a packed lunch HERE

Manjaros, 185 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3RF.
Free family essentials, can be discretely delivered. Drop them a message on Facebook here or call them on 01642 605060.

Middlesbrough Women FC.
Free family essentials, can be discretely delivered. Email

Mr Chips, 100 Normanby Road, South Bank, Middlesbrough, TS6 6RY.
Free sausage, chips and beans with a drink, between Monday and Wednesday, between 12pm and 2pm.

Oodles, 136 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3RA.
Offering a hot meal between Wednesday and Saturday, 3pm to 5pm. Drop them a message on Facebook here.

The Corner Café, 57 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5AS.Any child can eat for free between Monday and Friday. Menu to follow shortly on their Facebook page here.

The Mill, Springfield, Stokesley, TS9 5ER.
Delivering 100 hot meals to 3 separate foodbanks between Tuesday and Thursday.

The Zetland, 9 Zetland Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1EH.
Offering packed lunches between Monday and Sunday, between 12pm and 2pm. Drop them a message on Facebook here.

White Feather Project, in collaboration with Fry Days, St Alphonsus Church, North Ormesby, TS3 8DR.
Free packed lunches between Monday and Wednesday. Just turn up between 11:30am and 1pm. 100 kids meals donated by Fry Days with a choice of sausage, cod bites or chicken nuggets with chips and drink and a small toy.

The Silver Spoon: 39 The Viewley Centre, Hemlington, TS8 9JH
A free packed lunch on Wednesday 28th. Call 01642 272282


ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL.
With support from Tesco Extra Stockton, and Poundland Stockton, ARC Stockton Arts Centre are offering free packed lunches from Monday to Saturday. Drop them a message on Facebook here, email or telephone 01642 525199 to reserve a lunch.

Blackwells Norton 
Will be providing FREE family meal kit for anyone affected by the recent government decision not to provide free school meals throughout half term. Providing a family spaghetti bolognaise kit with their own mince beef, bolognaise sauce & pasta for families in Norton who are eligibly for free school meals. Anyone eligible to call on 01642 559191 & pre book their kits then. (More info and facebook page here) 

Ella’s Cafe, Ross Road, Portrack Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2NH 
Offering children a free lunch between 11:30am and 1:30pm Monday-Friday during half term, no purchase necessary. Food available includes s
andwiches, fruit, fish fingers, pizza, chicken nuggets or sausage with chips & beans or peas with a carton drink. Please contact Ella’s to pre-order on 07553 309140 or via their Facebook page HERE.

Elliott’s Brew House, 16 Clifton Avenue, Billingham, TS22 5DE.
A choice of mini pizza and curly fries, jacket potato with any topping or any toastie with salad and coleslaw. Drop them a message on Facebook here, or call on 01642 433289 to order for collection.

Kimbles, 10 Kenilworth Road, Billingham, TS23 2HZ.
A choice of sausage, mash, peas and gravy, or chicken nuggets, chips and beans. Between 4pm and 5pm, each day of October half term. Drop them a message on Facebook here to order.

Lanehouse Road Chippy 93 Lanehouse Road, Thornaby
Free hot meal provided to families in need. Please message their Facebook page HERE to pre-order.

Little Sprouts Health and Wellbeing, collection at The Community Hub, Havelock St, Thornaby TS17 6HN
Providing bags with a week’s worth of ingredients for pack lunches for children and families. Available Tuesday 27th October and Thursday 29th October, 11am – 2pm.

Mint Hobo, 30 High Street TS15 9AE Yarm.
Homemade soup and bread, and a little sweet treat to any children in need this week. Just drop the hobo page a message on social and we will arrange for collection.

Myton House Farm, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 0WB.
Free packed lunches during October half term. Drop them a message on Facebook here, or call on 01642 751308 to arrange a collection time.

P.J.B’s Cafe and Takeaway 122 Norton Road TS20 2AQ Stockton-on-Tees
Free lunch available for children in need during half term. Simply call 07856 896049 between 12:45 and 13:45 to order for collection.

Roundel, Mitchell Ave, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS179AE
Free kids breakfasts for anyone who needs one during the half term. Available Monday to Friday 11-12, call to book on 01642 615109

The Smiths Arms, Calton Village, Carlton, Stockton-On-Tees, TS21 1EA
Free packed lunch available for children in the local area. Please get in touch by sending them a message HERE to order for collection at Stillington Village Hall. 

Sweety & Meaty, 16 Yarm Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1.
A choice of a cheeseburger, hot dog or chicken nuggets with fries and a side choice of peas, beans or salad.

Teesside Vineyard Church, Saint Luke’s Avenue, Thornaby, TS17 7HB
Providing ingredients for families to prepare nutritious meals at home. Please contact the church HERE for further details.

Thornaby Dental Practice, 31 Allensway, Thornaby, TS17 9HA
The practice are providing a free packed lunch for any child in need. Just come to the practice from 11am and they will be happy to help. 

The Crathorne Arms, 2 East Villa, Crathorne, Yarm, TS15 0BA. Offering free packed lunches over October half term. Drop them a message on Facebook here, or call on 01642 701931.

The George Pub and Grill, 102 High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1BD.
Free meal for children eligible for free school meals during term time throughout October half term.

The Silver Cod, 92 – 94 Darlington Lane, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1BW.
Free portion of chips with a side of beans, peas, gravy or curry for children eligible for free school meals throughout October half term.


Al Forno, Unit 11/12 Sandgate Park Shopping Centre, Bancroft Drive, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 5AA.
Free kids’ pizza and chips on Monday between 3pm and 5pm. Call them on 01642 766300 to arrange a collection.

The Grey Horse, 39 Haughton Green, Darlington, DL1 2DD.
Free meals for children throughout October half term. Available to collect between 11am and 12pm each day.

Bombay Gate: Meals everyday from Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October and this will be available for collection only between 5pm-6pm. More info here

Duke Bombay Cafe: 22 Duke Street DL3 7AA Darlington: any child aged between 4 to 16 years can come between 5pm to 6pm from Saturday 24th October 2020 to Sunday 1st November 2020 to collect a free chicken or vegetarian biryani. More info

Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill, Fleur Café & Casa Peri Peri are pledging 15,000 healthy meals for all children within our communities.The healthy meals will consist of grilled chicken served with fresh vegetables and potatoes to provide our children with nutritious meals. They can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. More info here

Firthmoor Fisheries: 39 Westminster Road, DL1 4SB, Darlington, Phone 01325 464894

Hungry Horse – The Woolen Mill, Every day this week they’ll be offering 5 hot kids meals (+dessert and drink)completely free of charge, to someone who might need it. Just PM to arrange collection

Oven Darlington: Free children’s meals to collect from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st October from 12-7pm just call in, call or message on the Facebook page, and they will package a meal up to collect. They are also extending this throughout November and December so children eat free when dinning with an adult in the restaurant. More info here

Redcar and Cleveland

Bengal Spice, 15 Station Road, Redcar, TS10 1AH.
A choice of vegetable or chicken biryani for children aged between 4 and 16 when accompanied by an adult. Offer runs from Monday to Sunday during half term.

Footprints Community Café, 14a High Steet, Redcar, TS10 3DU.
Free packed lunch, or a hot meal, to collect when accompanied by an adult from Monday to Friday.

Guisborough Bridge Association, 58A Westgate, Guisborough, TS14 6AY. Providing meals for struggling families. Drop them a message on Facebook here.

Chris Cave Foundation: From Tuesday, will be providing 50 children for 10 days with a hot lunch box from the fantastic Scrumptious fish and chip shop – More info here

A Light of Asia, 3-5 Millbank Terrace, Redcar TS10 1EF.
Free kids curry and rice between Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November. Contact and more info here 

Oopsie Daisy’s, 62 High Street, Skelton, TS12 2ED.Free packed lunches for school children during October half term, in collaboration with Psych Logical and Mums Alliance C.I.C, and donations from Aldi in Skelton. Drop them a message on Facebook here.

Shanti Café, Earthbeat Centre, Marske Road, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1QA.
Free homemade soup and bread for children eligible for free school meals during term time. Offer runs from Thursday to Saturday between 11am and 3pm.

Taste Tea & Coffee House, 25 Chaloner Street, Guisborough, TS14 6.
Free toasted sandwich, a brownie and a carton of juice to sit in or takeaway. Adults can take a suspended coffee (a pre-paid coffee) too.

The Stray Café, Coast Road, Redcar, TS10 3AX.
Free hot dog, chips or sandwich to takeaway on Wednesday and Thursday between 12pm and 2pm.


Gill’s Fast Food, 234 Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, TS25 3QD.
Free sausage and chips with beans and a drink, Monday to Wednesday between 12pm and 2pm.

King Oswy Tandoori, 59A King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, TS24 9PF.
Preparing 30 meals per day throughout October half term. Available to collect between 5pm and 5pm each day. Drop them a message on Facebook here.

Nasir Mosque, in collaboration with St Aidan’s Church, Hartlepool, Broughton Terrace, TS24 8EY.
Free meals on Thursday between 9:30am and 11:30am.

The Stag and Monkey, Brenda Road, Hartlepool,TS25 1SD.
Offering 5 hot kids meals per day (with dessert and a drink) during October half term. Drop them a message on Facebook here to arrange a collection time.

ZAIKA, 21 Whitby Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7.
Preparing 15 meals per day during October half term. Available to collect between 5pm and 6pm every day. Drop them a message on Facebook here.

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