Steve Carney has been keeping the kids of Petteril Bank in Carlisle supplied with hot nutritious home cooked meals.
Steve runs the Old Hall Café next to Petteril Bank Primary School and normally cooks the school meals. When the school closed under lockdown he stepped in. With help from his sister Michelle, county councillor Deborah Earl and other volunteers he delivers up to 100 meals a day to the pupils at home.
“I come from this area and went to this school as a boy,” says Steve. “This community have supported my café over the years and I wanted to give something back. “We make meals for the pupils but if we see a younger child in the family who also needs a meal we also provide that.
“Many qualify for free school meals and some families that would pay for the meals are now furloughed and struggling.”
The children love the chicken and steak pies, veg and mash, chicken curry, spaghetti bolognese and salads, plus chips as a treat on Fridays – all home-made.
“It has put our minds at rest knowing they are getting a hot substantial nutritionally balanced meal per day,” says Steve. “The amount of thankyou cards we’ve had is unbelievable. But I’m just doing my job.”