It has been fantastic to work closely with Luton Town Football Club over the past week as they have support us in providing meals for our families receiving Benefits Related Free School Meals (FSM).
The club came forward with an amazing offer for St Matthew’s Primary School children who receive free school meals!
Many local businesses – some of whom are struggling themselves as a result of the Coronovirus pandemic – have joined with hundreds, maybe thousands, of businesses throughout the country in response to the prominent #endchildfoodpoverty campaign by Manchester United and England footballer, Marcus Rashford.
Each day this week, the football club provided us with 250 nutritional meals in individual pots that can be reheated. These meals were cooked by Luton Town Football Club chefs and were the same meals as those served to the professional players of the club, meaning they were very nutritious and hearty.
Members of our St Matthew’s staff willingly gave up some of their school holiday time to volunteer to help give the meals out each day.
This initiative was supported by JB Interiors (the official Luton Town FC shirt sponsors) who provided transport and volunteers to get the meals from the football club’s kitchens to our school.
We also received vouchers for children to take to the Vibe Juice Bar in The Mall to exchange for a delicious and healthy fruit drink.
Each day this week, our children have been treated to the same meals served to the professional footballers of Luton Town FC — so far the menu has comprised pasta with chicken and mixed vegetables and a tomato salsa sauce on Monday; chicken and leek pie topped with mashed potato on Tuesday; chicken curry and rice with flatbread on Wednesday and beef chilli served with rice on Thursday. The week ended on Friday with delicious fish and chips.
BBC Look East report – Monday 26th October 2020
Breakfast on BBC Three Counties Radio interview with Cristiano Da Silva, Head of Catering at Luton Town Football Club – Tuesday 27 October 2020