An assistant headteacher in Lincolnshire, England, is ensuring his students still have access to free school meals by walking more than five miles every day to deliver them by hand.
Zane Powles, who works at Western Primary School in Grimsby, hauls huge bags filled with school meals for 100 students each day, The Independent reports.
Powles also uses his daily lunch run to check on the welfare of the children he visits. He puts the packed lunch on the doorstep, knocks on the door and then waits on the pavement or in the garden until they are picked up.
“I am doing this so that the children and their parents don’t have to come out to collect their meals. Otherwise they would be passing other people in the street and it makes sure they get at least one good meal a day,” he said.
Other staff are delivering food by car to those who live further away from the school.
“It’s a big team effort for sure. I look like I’m doing the donkey work, but it really isn’t just me, the other teachers also drive to deliver meals to children who live further away, we call the families up every week to make sure they’re doing okay, we prepare and pack the lunches together every single day,” Powles said.