A cafe owner from Falmouth has vowed to give free lunches to all children who need them during half term after being left "so angry" by the actions of Cornwall's MPs.

Castle Beach Cafe owner Fiona Crump wrote a post on Facebook last night, saying: "During half term I will be making free lunch bags for any child who would normally get a free school lunch.

"No need to buy anything - just come to the counter and ask for a kids lunch bag."

It is after a motion in parliament on Wednesday, calling for free school meals to be extended into half term and the Christmas school holidays, was voted against by a majority of MPs - including all six in Cornwall.

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Fiona woke this morning to find that her post had been shared by than 3,000 people, with Manchester United and England football player Marcus Rashford - who is leading the call for the government to extend meal coverage during holidays and end child food poverty - retweeting a photo of it.

Fiona told the Packet: "I thought I would make one small offering, in a small way locally. It's been a challenging year for hospitality and this community has really supported me this summer, running my cafe.

"It felt like a little way to give something back. It was that simple.

"It fells really nice [to get this response] but isn't it a shame that has to happen?"

She said she had been left "angry" after reading about the way Cornwall's MPs had voted.

Fiona added: "I'm just angry about the situation - how the government prioritises spending. I realised how anger is completely pointless and doesn't help, so I am using that anger to do something."

She described her offer as "really small," saying: "I run a cafe, it's my last week before I close for the winter on November 1 - I thought I can make some extra packed lunches.

"I wasn't expecting this today."

Fiona said they would be simple lunches of sandwiches, crisps, fruit and juice - and that no questions would be asked of anyone to receive one.

"We don't do packed lunches on the menu, so if they ask for packed lunch we know what it is. We won't ask any questions and it will be for as many kids as they've got."

Falmouth Packet:

Fiona when she took over the Castle Beach Cafe last year

She added that she had been "really overwhelmed" by the offers of support and money she has since received, saying she will be setting up an official online donation page shortly. Anything surplus at the end of half term will be donated to the local foodbank.

Fiona also praised the efforts of Marcus Rashford, whose efforts back in the summer led to the government making a U-turn over an earlier decision not to provide support to families receiving free school meals. Around 1.3 million children were able to claim free school meal vouchers in the summer holidays as a result.

Fiona said: "He's done a tremendous job; it's nice he's not forgotten his roots and he's using that experience to help.

"I'm just a little bit horrified that it's necessary in a country that is as wealthy as we are, that we have hungry children. It's beyond belief to me."

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