Everywhere offering free meals for children and families in Newcastle

Because if the government won’t do it, Perdu will

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After 322 MPs voted against the extension of the Free School Meals scheme through the October half-term and Christmas holidays, there has been an outcry of support for those children who require this additional aid. 

Footballer Marcus Rashford has been instrumental in pushing for businesses both small and large to step up where the government won’t. 

Here are just some of the charities, restaurants, schools and cafés who are offering to feed children for free in Newcastle: 


St Vincent’s Centre

Newbridge Street – NE1 2TQ

Free hot meals, food parcels, clothing, toiletries and toys.


1901 Caffe Deli

123 New Bridge Street – NE1 2SZ

Free packed lunch.


1-3 Market Lane – NE1 6QQ

Free brunch meals to eat in or take-away during half-term 10-5pm.


The CTRL Pad

The Gate Newcastle – NE1 5TG

Free packed lunches. Message on Facebook on the day before at 6pm.


Shoe Tree Cafe

150 Heaton Park Road – NE65NR

Free vegan burger, hot dog, nachos and a side of beans.


Cake Stories

12 Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond – NE2 3DH

Free packed lunches.

Kip McGrath Education Centre Gateshead East

6 Regent Terrace – NE8 1LU

Store cupboard food suitable for lunches.


Walker Central FC

Monkchester Road – NE6 2LJ

Free packed lunches during half-term.


Arthurs Hill and Elswick Mutual Aid

Westgate Academy and Hawthorn Primary School

Free packed lunches, every day in half-term 12-2pm.


The People’s Kitchen

Alison Centre, 56 Bath Lane – NE4 5SQ

Free food parcels, contact on 0800 4880415 between 11 am and 2 pm from Monday 26 October.

Whickham FC

Rose Avenue – NE16 4NA

Free lunches in the Corner Flag Cafe from 12-2pm from 26th October.



20-20A Collingwood Street – NE1 1JF

Offering 200 free school meals. Contact their Facebook page.


Vinnie’s Cafe

Society of St Vincent de Paul, New Bridge Street – NE1 2TQ

Free meals, food parcels, clothing, toiletries, other essentials. Also open to donations.


Scrogg Road – NE6 4BY

Free hot meals. Collection only.


Passion 4 Fruit 

455 Durham Road, Low Fell – NE9 5EX

Free fruit and vegetables for children during half-term


Other Resources:

A national map, including some of the places offering food. 

• Two lists made by the Chronicle, of cafés/pubs/restaurants, and charities/organisations, offering meals.

Marcus Rashford’s Twitter, where he’s posting individual updates about businesses.