Free school meals: The businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and the rest of Hampshire offering help over the school holidays

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AFTER the government voted not to extend free school meals for kids over school holidays, businesses and organisations across the country have stepped up to help.

Here is a list of the places across Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and further afield that are offering help to families.

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If your business or organisation is offering free meals (for half term, for longer or already do) and you want to be part of this list, please email [email protected]

Operations manager Amirul Ali, left, and business owner Shahriar Uddin at Paanchi Indian Street Kitchen, Fratton Road. Picture: Chris MoorhouseOperations manager Amirul Ali, left, and business owner Shahriar Uddin at Paanchi Indian Street Kitchen, Fratton Road. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Operations manager Amirul Ali, left, and business owner Shahriar Uddin at Paanchi Indian Street Kitchen, Fratton Road. Picture: Chris Moorhouse


Wild Thyme Wholefoods, Southsea

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A free packed plant based lunch will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. To order, send the shop a message on Facebook.

Landport Community Centre

Free half-term meals for pupils and their families at Arundel Court Academy and ARK Dickens Academy receiving free school meals.

Duke of Buckingham pub, Old Portsmouth

From Tuesday the pub is offering 100 free meals for children for four days

Parents must ring the pub by 5pm on Sunday to allow the team to book the orders.

The Lord John Russell, Southsea

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Free packed lunches for kids from Monday until Friday next week. From Sunday, the pub will take donations of bread, margarine, sandwich meat/tuna/cheese, fruit and raisins, snack bars and packaged drinks. Any extra donations will be given to The LifeHouse.

Paanchi, Fratton

In collaboration with United We Stand, the restaurant will be giving out 50 free children meals a day from Monday until Friday between 12pm and 1pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the walk-in service.

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The team are giving away £1,500 worth of vouchers to be put in the free school lunch bags. Any business doing free lunch bags should contact via

Fleur De Lys FC, Drayton

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The club are offering 200 free packed lunches from its clubhouse (PO6 2HD) from 10.30am until 12.30pm on Saturday October 31.

The British Queen Pub, Buckland

Send a message to the pub via Facebook or call for a free kids lunch box between 11am and 1pm.

Toodles Tot Childminding, Southsea

Contact the team via Facebook to arrange a child’s lunch box.

Baked by Beth, Portsmouth

A free mini treat box containing baked treats such a cookies, brownies and cake. Visit Beth’s Facebook page to order.

The Guildhall Village

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Children will be able to eat free over half term with a paying adult.

Lily and Lime

The cafe has teamed up with The Parenting Network and will deliver free lunch boxes to children in need.

Eat in and takeaway options will be available from 10.30am on Monday on the third floor of the Central Library

If there are any local businesses that wish to be involved, please contact [email protected]

Pho, Gunwharf Quays

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The restaurant is giving out 50 free kids takeaway lunches at midday from today until Friday.

The Crispy Cod

From Tuesday until Friday, the shop is offering children’s sausage and chips and fishcake and chip for free free between 4pm and 5pm.

Farm Kitchen, Southsea

A sandwich, bag of crisps, fruit juice, fruit and chocolate or cake will be on offer in packed lunch. Order via social media to collect between 10am and 12pm from today until Friday.

Harbour Church Portsmouth

Free hot meals will be provided for children and parents between 12pm and 1pm at St George’s Church in Portsea on Tuesday and Thursday.

Southsea Beach Cafe

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From Monday until Friday, a free hot meal, a piece of fruit and bottle of water will be available from the takeaway hatch between 12pm until 4pm.

The Hertfordshire Coffee Company, Cosham

The shop are offering a free packed lunch to school children during half term.


Hampshire Food Revolution

Food parcels available for collection at Fareham North West Community Centre. Visit their Facebook page to book a parcel for collection.

Robins Nest Emporium

Lunch boxes for all children.

Coco’s Coffee Shop

The shop is offering a child's meal deal free for any child 16 and under with a paying adult (purchasing anything of any value) from Monday until Friday.


The Jolly Roger

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Free lunch boxes for kids, Monday to Friday between 12pm and 5pm.

Jacobs Well

The charity is offering packed lunches for children every day next week between 1pm and 2pm.

Scott’s Plaice

The fish and chip shop will be offering free school meals. Head to their Facebook page for more details.

Ocean King

Between Monday and Friday, the fish and chip shop will offer a free hot meal and drink.

Arty’s at Clarence Marina

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Children under 16 will be able to get free meals to eat in from today until Friday between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Boots, High Street

Staff at the store are providing bags of crisps, fruit and chocolate bars. Collect from Monday.

The Tea Party, Lee-on-the-Solent

The cafe is hosting a free kids meal collection on Thursday between 5pm and 5.30pm. Please order via Facebook.

The team have also joined up with Caffe Lee and The Book Shop to provide pre-ordered snack boxes for kids in need until Friday. Order via Facebook.

I heart Chai

The shop will be offering free kids meals during half term


The Village Bakery / The Rock Project

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Free packed lunches for children Monday until Friday. Send a Facebook message to either to order lunches. Collection from 142 London Road.

Growing Places

The team are putting together soups, chilli’s, sandwiches and fruit for families to enjoy together this half term. Call Jackie on 02392 266004.

Acorn Community Centre

Free lunches for children aged 16 and under between 12pm and 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Harvest View Brownies, Clanfield

There will be 20 packed lunches available every day. Order via the Facebook page.

Stephanie Hobbs, Clanfield

Cyan Solutions

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The team are making lunch parcels. Order via


The Wheelwright’s Arms

Between Monday and Sunday, the pub is offering free lunch packs and hot meals for children 12 and under.

Email [email protected] or call 02392 476502

Food Shack

Free lunch bags are being offered to children. Call 07726 216906 or message via their Facebook page.


The Deck

Free packed lunches for any child during opening hours Tuesday until Friday. Just pop in or send an email [email protected]

36 on the Quay

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From Monday, message the restaurant’s Facebook page to order a free child’s lunch box

Hewitt’s Cafe

The cafe will provide a free bag filled with a sandwich, fruit, a drink, a yoghurt, crisps and a biscuit bar.

Emsworth Delicatessen

Free packed lunches until Frida. Pre order via Facebook.

Hayling Island

West Town Inn

Free packed lunches for kids between Monday to Friday. Message the pub on social media or emaill [email protected]

Bishop’s Waltham

Julia’s Kitchen

The cafe is offering free lunches to school age children over half term. Message their Facebook page.

Hoxton Bakehouse

Free packed lunches from Wednesday to Friday.


The Thomas Lord, West Meon

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Free lunch packs available to collect from the pub or enjoy in the pub with dining parents at lunchtime for any child. Free hot meals from the kids menu from 12pm until 2.30pm and 5.30pm and 7pm.

Email [email protected] or call 01730 829244

Wonderberrys, Bursledon

This bakery is providing 100 packed lunches over half term.

Lakaz Maman, Mauritian Street Kitchen, Southampton

The restaurant is offering free meals to under 16s next week.

Kuti’s Brasserie, Southampton

Offering free hot meals to any child from 12pm until 2.30pm over half term.

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