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Bunk Inn offers free lunch packs for children

The Bunk Inn in Curridge is one of the first venues in Newbury to announce that it will be offering free lunch packs for children.

Announcing the offer on social media this morning, the pub said they wanted to give back to their community

The decision follows on from a motion to extend free school meals to low income families being defeated this week in Parliament.

The Bunk Inn said: "In these tough times, we want to give back to our community that has supported us so much, especially in this difficult year, by offering a free lunch pack available to collect from the pub for any child. A sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and a bag of crisps.

"If you are in need a packed lunch or know someone who might, please send a message or email us info@thebunkinn.co.uk and let us know what days and how many packed lunches you need."

Lee Dillon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on West Berkshire Council said: “By refusing to vote to support the extension of free school meals, Laura Farris is condemning children and their families to experience a harsh and difficult Christmas. We can do something about that on a local level. We have today launched our petition for the allocation of council funds to plug the gaping hole left by our MP.”

“Here in West Berkshire there are currently 1,645 children who will be going without this Christmas unless we take action. We cannot simply stand by and watch this unravel. We are taking the action needed to protect the most vulnerable in our society."

Laura Farris, MP, said: "Child poverty is a really important issue to me. It is something I was directly involved with when I worked as a Board Member of a group of primary schools in London and Berkshire and would not have cast my vote the way I did tonight if I did not feel there were equal forms of financial support available for children living here."

You can view the Lib Dem petition here.

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