EDITORIAL USE ONLY Nicole Olive (centre) and Katie Seamer (right) from Morrisons deliver food to David Hewitt and son George,6, in Barnsley, Yorkshire as the supermarket launches new service to help feed self-isolating school children who are eligible for free school meals. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 20, 2020. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Supermarket helps schools to feed self-isolating pupils

Laura White
Laura White
copyright – Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Morrisons has launched a new meal delivery service for schools that are feeding primary school children who are self-isolating.

The supermarket is working with schools to provide children who would normally be eligible for free school meals with breakfast, lunch and snacks, seven days a week – for as long as they are self-isolating. Many school children are being asked to self-isolate due to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases within their school bubbles. In recent weeks, schools have told Morrisons they had been struggling with the costs of food and delivery. They had also expressed concern that some pupils were missing out on vital support as a result of self-isolating.

The Morrisons Kids Meal Pack aims to provide healthy and balanced meals and has been developed in partnership with Morrisons’ company nutritionist.

The Morrisons Kids Meal Pack includes cereal, milk, bread, fruit, yogurts, sandwich fillings, pasta and squash. It costs £12.50 for one child and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks for seven days a week. The cost is covered by the school as part of the Government’s free school meals programme. Schools can order the Morrisons Kids Meal Pack directly from the Morrisons Doorstep Delivery Team. Orders are then picked and packed by local Morrisons stores, and sent to the homes of children via its ‘doorstep delivery’ service. This saves the school time and costly transportation fees.

Nicole Olive, from the Morrisons Local Team, said: “Each of our stores is close to its local community, to listen hard and understand its needs – and schools were saying they had difficulty getting free school meals to isolating children. We can put affordable and nutritious food on the table during this difficult time.”

To place orders, schools should email Morrisons Doorstep Delivery Team on: schoolbox@morrisonsplc.co.uk. Not only is the chain helping the children, but from 2nd November, all teachers and school staff will be able to claim a 10% discount* on their shopping in Morrisons stores nationwide.

Lasting until after Christmas, the special discount is a thank you to half a million teachers and additional school staff, who are looking after the nation’s children and supporting them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Primary, secondary, private and special educational school teachers can all claim the discount, as well as all teaching assistants, catering staff, dinner ladies, caretakers, cleaners and school office staff. These people will also be able to participate in a dedicated shopping hour alongside NHS workers from 6am-7am (Mon-Sat) before stores open to other customers.**

Morrisons Chief Executive David Potts said: “Teachers and school staff are facing many challenges and the education of our children has never been more important. This discount is our way of saying thank you as they continue to care for and educate our kids.”

Teachers and school staff can claim the 10% discount on their groceries by presenting their school photo ID card at the till in any of Morrisons’ 498 stores.

*The 10% discount cannot be used with a purchase of alcohol, medication, pharmaceutical products, infant milk or formula or tobacco and is not available online. Full terms and conditions here

**The special hour of shopping also applies in most stores on Sundays
from 9am

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