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Where to Get Free Lunches for the Kids this Half Term in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

With a little help, no Leeds child will go hungry this half-term.

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Local cafes, charities and restaurants have rallied together to help families in need during the school holidays…

Businesses across Leeds have stepped in to help make sure no child has to go without this half term. Inspired by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals over the school holidays, these Leeds cafes, pubs and restaurants are doing their part. We’ve rounded up an almighty list of places in Leeds where families can go if they need help feeding their kids through the holidays.

Potting Shed

The Potting Shed. This Guiseley bar is offering free lunches for local children in Leeds throughout half-term. From 12pm to 2pm, Monday to Friday, they’re offering free pizzas to anyone who needs help providing for their child. Just give them a call on 01943 871 287 to arrange it beforehand.

Carol’s Confectioners. This Bramley cafe is offering up to 30 free packed lunches per day made up of sandwiches, crisps and a drink. If you message the day before, you can pick it up from 11am to 12pm or you can request delivery if you live in Bramley and can’t make it into the shop easily.

CATCH. Based in the ARK Community Centre in Harehills, Catch is a registered charity that works to actively reduce child poverty in the local area. They’re putting together food parcels throughout the school holidays for people in the local community to collect on a daily basis if they need them.

The Red Lion. Shadwell children aged between 4 and 16 who receive free school meals during term-time can get a proper hot lunch or dinner from The Red Lion. Available from Tuesday to Saturday, you can choose from spaghetti bolognese, a roast dinner or sausage and mash – send a Facebook message to order.

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The Skyliner. This Austhorpe fish & chips shop is offering a free hot meal for kids during the holidays. Send them a Facebook message and it will be ready to pick up from their collection bay from 11.30am to 3pm, Monday to Sunday. If you want to help out, you can donate £2.50 to cover a child’s meal.

The Rumbling Tum Cafe. Any children in Otley who need a meal during half-term can head to The Rumbling Tum Cafe. They’re putting together healthy takeaway lunch boxes with sandwiches, fruit and crisps. You can pick one up, no questions asked, between 12pm and 1pm, Monday to Sunday.

The New Travellers Rest. This Cross Gates pub is helping out local kids in need. Any families who are struggling during half-term are welcome to pick up a healthy packed lunch from Monday to Friday. They’re also offering 50% off their main and kids menus throughout half-term for everyone.

Yorkshire Crust. This Horsforth cafe is putting together healthy half-term lunches for kids entitled to free school meals. Available from Tuesday to Friday, they will include a sandwich, piece of fruit and bag of crisps. Place your orders by calling 07576 878 871 before 11am each day, for collection at 12pm.

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Sukhothai. From 1pm to 3pm on Friday 30th October 2020, Sukhothai will make 300 hot meals for children who usually get a free school lunch. There will be 100 to claim from their Chapel Allerton, Headingley and Harrogate restaurants. Message them before to arrange or just show up on the day.

The Princess. Whether your child is entitled to free school meals or you’re just struggling at the moment, The Princess pub in Rawdon is here to help. They’re making up healthy packed lunches every weekday during the half term and will drop them off at your door between 12pm and 2pm.

The Learning Curve. This Farsley tuition centre has joined forces with local cafes Whiteheads and The Loft to help families in need this half-term. They’ve pre-paid for a sandwich and drink for children entitled to free school meals – all you have to do is visit either cafe and ask for a child’s lunch ticket.

Rainbow Junktion. This Hyde Park not-for-profit will be serving hot takeaway lunches from 11am to 3pm on Thursday lunchtime. It’s free for anyone in Leeds to use, young or old, but they will have a special menu for kids. They also run a non-referral foodbank on Fridays so you can get cupboard essentials too.


Pho. Trinity Kitchen’s Vietnamese in-house restaurant Pho has pledged its support to help families in need during half term. They will give out 50 free meals a day to any kids who needs it, no questions asked. They’re available at the front of the restaurant from 11am all week long.

Sant’ Angelo. If you live near Wetherby, Sant’ Angelo is providing free hot meals for local children throughout the October half term. The menu will change daily but you can expect classics like spaghetti bolognese or meatballs in spaghetti. It’s available for collection from 12pm to 2pm, Monday to Tuesday.

The Fenton. If you live in or near the city centre, The Fenton on Woodhouse Lane is offering help for families in need. From 12pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday, they’re putting together a healthy half term menu. Just message them to arrange it, and if you can’t get to the pub, they’re happy to deliver.

The Devon. The staff at this Cross Gates pub pooled last weekend’s tips to pay for packed lunches for as many local families as possible this half-term. You can message them directly to arrange a pick up from Monday to Friday, or if you can’t get there, one of their team will deliver it to your door.


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Mumtaz. This Indian restaurant on Leeds Dock is offering free meals to children between 4 and 16 years old during the school holidays. If you visit them between 5pm and 6pm every day until Sunday 1st November 2020, you can collect a free chicken or vegetarian biriyani to takeaway.

St Vincent’s Support Centre. This vital community hub in East End Park is providing food and fun for local families. They’re putting together activity packs and healthy food boxes to keep the kids happy and fed throughout half term. Message ahead to claim one or stop by between 10am and 11am daily.

Pudsey Parish Church. If you’re a family with children on free school lunches in Pudsey, Calverley, Swinnow, Woodhall, Tyersal, Farsley, Rodley or Calverley, Pudsey Community Project can help. Call them on 07368 451603 or send a Facebook message to get a food parcel delivered to you this half-term.

Popalong. Pudsey cafe Popalong is offering free lunches for kids this half-term. If you give them a call between 9am and 10am, Monday to Friday, they’ll put together a healthy packed lunch for any kids on free school meals and also put you in touch with the people at the Pudsey Community Project who run local food banks.

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I Am Doner. Whether you’re in Headingley or Harrogate, the kids don’t need to go hungry thanks to I Am Doner. They’re offering 50 free, healthy school meal alternatives every day. You can get chicken, salad, rice and a tasty sauce, all by ordering online and picking up from 5pm from Wednesday to Sunday this week.

Jah Jyot at Northern Monk. This Indian favourite is swapping fiery curries for kids classics to help out the local community this half-term. If any kids in Leeds are in need of a proper meal, you can call or text 07770 588123 to place an order and get fish fingers or cheeseburger and chips delivered to you.

Konak Meze. Both Konak Meze restaurants in Horsforth and Harrogate will be serving free lunches for kids this half-term. As well as hot dishes, they offer free essentials for those who need them the most. Just send them a Facebook message to arrange collection or delivery from 12pm to 8pm daily.

Giorgio’s. This Headingley institution is giving back to the local community during the school holidays. They will provide free hot meals to any children who might need them throughout half-term, no questions asked. All you have to do is call owner George Psarias on 07788 733 815.

Little Bao Boy

Little Bao Boy. Based in North Brewing Co. Tap on Sovereign Street, Little Bao Boy are offering to help throughout half-term in Leeds. They’re cooking up free bao buns and fries for anyone up to the age of 16 every day this week. Just pop in from 3pm to 4.30pm daily and they’ll provide lunches, no questions asked.

Hamara Healthy Living Centre. Alongside the school uniforms, baby items and culturally-specific food parcels they offer to in-need communities on a regular basis, Hunslet’s Hamara Centre will also offer free school meals to those children in need throughout half-term. Just drop them a Facebook message or call on 0113 277 3330.

Cheffington’s. This Hyde Park pizzeria and fried chicken restaurant is offering any kids in need from the local community lunch on them every day throughout the half-term holidays. Just drop them a message on Facebook or give them a call on 0113 274 0335 and they’ll look after you.

Little Red Food Truck. Sela Bar’s street food truck is on the move this week and setting up in the car park of Gipton’s Old Fire Station. They’re open from 12pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon to make 170 free hot meals for any school-age children.

Slap & Pickle

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Slap & Pickle. Assembly Underground’s burger joint is giving away 1000 kids meals during half term in Leeds and Sheffield. You can do it all by app, just choose a kids’ burger meal, which comes with fries and a juice box, when you place your order, but if you don’t have a smartphone just speak to a member of their team.

The Flava Hut. This Caribbean favourite in Harehills is giving back to its local community with free lunches during the school holidays. Any children in need aged between 4 and 16 can get 4 wings and a side of chips each. There’s no questions asked, just visit from 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

The Great Wall. Armley’s go-to Chinese restaurant is opening its doors to the local community during the school holidays. They’re offering free hot meals to any children who might be in need. All you have to do is call on 0113 263 7967 or pop into the restaurant from 5pm to 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The Tetley

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The Tetley. On Friday 30th October, art gallery-cum-restaurant The Tetley will be giving away 50 free meals for those in need. But their support doesn’t end there – they’ve started a ‘Pay It Forward’ programme so anyone can chip in £5 which will help to pay for a meal for kids who need it most.

Springfield Carpets. Three of Farsley’s best-loved businesses have come together to support families in need. Springfield Carpets have organised it so any kids who might otherwise go hungry, can pick up lunch for free. All you have to do is visit Harvey’s Butchers or Jasper’s Cafe any lunchtime to get sandwiches, crisps, fruit and a drink.

Delicious Dishes Cafe. This Harehills cupcake shop is going the extra mile to help local families who are struggling right now. They’re offering free packed lunches for kids throughout half-term, no questions asked. There are 20 each day from Monday to Friday and it’s first-come, first-served. Just drop them a Facebook message to book yours.