Members of the Pinner community have pulled together in a big way to support families all across the county, as well as in Hertfordshire, by providing them with free meals in the vacant Café Rouge property on the High Street.
During such unprecedented times, a group of local volunteers, led by Rosalyn Graham, are spending half term making and putting together lunches for kids and families.
Families are able to pick up free lunch bags from the café, with food and drink being donated by residents, as well as local businesses such as the Sainsburys and Starbucks.
Speaking to PinnerNews, Rosalyn said: “To see the whole community come together in such a big way has been incredible. The response has been amazing, and it’s been so important to so many people.
“I’ve heard some heartbreaking stories from people, with a few people coming in feeling really low and it’s shown us how important it is to help people in their time of need.
“I want to give a huge shoutout and a thank you to some of the local businesses in Pinner that have supported us by donating food and drink to the cause, it has all helped in a massive way.”
Rosalyn has been doing with the Watford Chamber of Commerce over lockdown while furloughed, and once the news broke that the free school meals scheme wouldn’t be extended across the half term, she was keen on doing something to help.
The group of volunteers are going to review the situation once again before the Christmas holidays, to see if a similar effort is needed.
As well as in Pinner, The Village Café in Bushey, Hertfordshire is another place where children can go for a free meal.
Rosalyn added: “It’s vital that the community continues to stick together during these times. I’ve had some personal experiences myself which has led me want to volunteer with different organisations and it’s a great feeling knowing that you’ve been able to help someone out.
“We’ll review the situation before Christmas and if we’re needed again then, we’ll no doubt do something similar, if we can.”