Local Kilwinning pub, the Abbey Gates Bar and Grill, has been supporting its local community over the continued lockdown by preparing free lunch, which is then distributed to local children each day over the Easter Holidays from 5th April to 16th April.

Launched by pub partner, Thomas Murray, the initiative was introduced in order to support local families who may be struggling financially as a result of COVID, and meet the needs of vulnerable children, who during the holidays may be without a lunchtime school meal. Prior to the outbreak, the pub also ran a popular after school early bird special, which provided a free kids meal with the order of any adult’s meal, and therefore wanted to continue supporting local families whilst unable to open.

Available from 12pm, the lunchboxes include a healthy sandwich, an apple, packet of crisps and a low sugar drink, all packaged in a coloured sandwich bag, in order to allow the recipients to collect their order discreetly and safely. The food is provided by the pub with no charge to the families who utilise the initiative.

The pub is owned by Hawthorn, the community pub company, which owns more than 700 pubs across Scotland, England and Wales.

Thomas said: “The Abbey Gates Bar and Grill is a key part of the local area and has been greatly supported by the community over the years. Since taking over the running of the pub, we have hosted a number of charity nights and the community has been ever so generous, so we wanted to repay the favour. COVID has hit families hard and we knew that there may be children, who would usually receive free school meals, without a lunch over the holidays, so we’re happy to support our community in any way we can.”

Andrew Parker, Director of Leased and Tenanted Operations, Hawthorn said: “We’re proud to be a community pub company, and it’s more important than ever to serve our communities at times like this. It’s the sign of a truly great community pub that the Abbey Gates Bar and Grill has continued to help local families and children wherever possible, so well done to Thomas for the fantastic job you’re doing, from all of us at Hawthorn!”

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