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Transforming Communities Together Warwick COVID-19 Response

TCTW have been working on responding to needs arising because of the current situation and have been working to ensure families on free schools meals receive food during the Easter holidays when school wouldn’t normally feed them.

The government voucher scheme kicks in after Easter and the current WCC voucher offer has been overwhelmed and therefore hard to access. It also has limitations if you are self-isolating and can’t go to collect the payment or spend it at a supermarket or online as you are waiting weeks for a delivery slot.

The schools being served are Aylesford Secondary and Primary, and Westgate, Newburgh, All Saints, Emscote and Woodloes Primary, who are all in the most deprived areas of Warwick, and they have enthusiastically and gratefully taken up the offer. Each parcel contains lunch for a week, including pizza, sausage rolls, potatoes, cucumber, carrots, bread, cheese, eggs, ham and fruit, as well as an Easter Egg and an Easter story book (a J John Easter Connection book for the adults).

The parcels are all packed in the safest conditions adhering to all the government guidelines. Gloves and face masks are worn when making up the parcels and the amount of contact made with the parcel kept to a minimum.

The parcels are delivered to schools on Friday for collection by parents managed by school staff or delivered by school staff to homes . In the parcel is a letter from the local church with some encouraging words.

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Last week 130 food parcels were delivered with the help of school staff. An additional 50 parcels were delivered to other vulnerable and isolated adults and families in need. This friday it is estimated that about 250 parcels will go out: 200 through the schools to their free school meal families, and 50 to other adults and families in need, all with an Easter Egg and an Easter Book.

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'(the intervention) is an act of immense kindness just at the right time when it is needed most’

A School Deputy Head