At a time of financial uncertainty for many, it is more important than ever  for the community to join together in solidarity.

Clevedon Secondary School could be the perfect place to do just that.

Chartwells, the UK’s leading school and education catering company, has partnered with the school to fund a new local ‘Heat Grub’ initiative, where together they will be providing a filling three-course meal to those that need it most.

Running from 5pm-7pm every Wednesday night throughout January, the ‘Heat Grub’ scheme provides a chance for the community to come together and enjoy a nutritious meal, taking the pressure off from individuals who are struggling to make ends meet.

Here for a select few of the items from the menu:

  • Soup
  • Lasagne
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Chow Mein
  • Fruit

Chartwells' will also provide vegan and gluten-free alternatives where possible. Their cooking team will be on hand to give advice on recipies that people can make at home.

The evenings will also include entertainment, such as live music and board games.

The initiative also acts as a reminder for any families that are struggling with the cost-of-living to check whether their children are eligible for free school meals, which can be done by applying through the local authority.

Stephen Fudge, catering manager at Chartwells, said: “We know these are particularly challenging times for everyone who are faced with huge financial burdens. 

"By investing in initiatives such as ‘Heat Grub’ and supporting the communities we serve, we can make sure that nobody slips through the cracks and that everyone has an equal opportunity to experience what a powerful tool food is - helping to bring the local community together and fuel learning as well."

Jim Smith, headteacher at Clevedon Secondary School, added: “The cost-of-living crisis is having a huge impact on people in our local area, so the ‘Heat Grub’ initiative is a fantastic way to feed the community who may not be able to afford healthy, nutritious food.

"Chartwells has already had such a positive impact on Clevedon, not only providing high-quality school meals but also undertaking a range of activities and workshops with our pupils, so they can learn about the importance of healthy and nutritious food."

For more information, please visit the Clevedon School website.