AS parents still reel from the Government's rejection of plans to provide free meals to children during half-term, businesses across Furness have come forward in their droves to show their generosity.

There are fears children living in poverty-hit areas could be left to go hungry without a free lunch as hard-up families are forced to tighten their purse-strings because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has led to more people claiming Universal Credit and turning to foodbanks to put food on the table.

But as ever, in a time of need, the community has responded with aplomb.

From chippies to cafés and more, dozens have stepped up to offer free food to anyone in need.

The businesses themselves will most likely be suffering the financial impact of coronavirus which makes the offers even more pertinent.

When Barrow is in need, Barrow responds.

Barrow Foodbank bosses said the outpouring of community support is experiencing is 'wonderful, but nothing less than we expect'.

The Covid pandemic created a spike in need in March and April with a 280% uplift in demand.

This has now levelled off but bosses said a 'hard winter' lies ahead for many.

If the Government won't help, let's do it ourselves.