As a restaurant group we have made the decision to back England striker Marcus Rashford after Boris Johnson rejected his bid to offer free school meals during the holidays.
The Government rejected a proposal to make sure vulnerable children get free meals during the half term and Christmas holiday for the second time in parliament on Wednesday.
The Manchester United striker -who succeeded in forcing the Government to make a U-turn on the withdrawal of holiday food vouchers in June – launched a petition urging them to tackle child hunger with the extension but Rashford failed to convince the government of his plan.
Due to The Government’s failure, we have decided to offer free meals for qualifying school children at our by CHLOE and The Lebanese Bakery venues.
Kids can get a free main meal, side and drink before 1pm on presentation of benefits document.
Scot Turner, QOOT Vice-President of Operations, said:
“I am incredibly proud to announce that QOOT Co. will be joining Marcus Rashford in the fight against child poverty.
The past few months have hit everyone hard – and none harder than the hospitality industry – but as a father myself, ensuring no child in the UK ever has to worry about where their next meal will come from is a responsibility we can’t shy away from.
If The Government will not step in, then it falls to us and that’s why today we are asking for the help of all our incredible colleagues in the hospitality industry.
We fed our NHS & key worker heroes during the worst of lockdown and now I hope we’ll do it again for all children in need offering free school meals at all our locations during the holidays.”
If you’d like to join us in our Hospitality Against Child Poverty campaign, send an email through to firstname.lastname@example.org
And to support Marcus Rashford MBE, make sure to sign his petition to end child food poverty: https://bit.ly/end-child-poverty