Staff from MFC Foundation have joined forces with Ironstone Academy Trust in a five-week-long project to deliver free school meals to pupils from five schools in the area.

Starting on Tuesday, ten Foundation employees will deliver in excess of 250 meals a week, collecting from the schools’ kitchens and taking them directly to those in need.

Qualifying pupils from Ormesby Academy, Normanby Academy and Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough, together with Riverdale Primary and Zetland Primary, both in Redcar, will receive a school meal each day Tuesday through Friday.

Head of MFC Foundation, Helena Bowman, said: “We have worked closely with Ironstone Academy Trust to identify pupils in greatest need within the schools and academies they work with and to see what we can do to help.

“Once again, our staff have volunteered their time and services to help deliver, working as we all are in difficult circumstances.”