Meals given to pupils to prevent Christmas holiday hunger

Frozen meals

Some of the meals being given to Harris Academy Rainham pupils. - Credit: Harris Federation

Hundreds of meals have been given to disadvantaged Harris Academy Rainham pupils to ensure they do not go hungry over the Christmas holidays.

The youngsters - alongside those who attend the academy chain's schools in Chafford Hundred, Ockendon and Rainham - have been handed meals such as sausage and mash and bean chilli with rice.

They have been provided by investment management firm Barings in support of the Thomas Franks Foundation, which has been delivering meals and other supplies to people in need throughout the pandemic.

Nicky Graham, assistant director of the Harris Federation said: “Barings have given us 1,000 frozen meals which are being shared among needy families.

"It’s a great gesture and the ability for parents and carers to serve hot and nutritious food to their children over the holidays, whatever their circumstances at home, will transform Christmas for our families most in need.”