MORE than 600 hot meals have been delivered to local children and young people in the East Newport area, by volunteers and staff at a community group based at Downside Community Centre.

Between 5 May and 30 June, 614 no-cost hot meals were handed out to local children and young people - those who weren't eligible for free school meals before the coronavirus lockdown, but whose family circumstances have dramatically changed.

Rachel Thomson, Pan Together's community centre manager, said: "We are so grateful to our donors, and especially the ASDA Foundation and ASDA's Newport store for all of their help in these most difficult of times.

"They're really helping to put smiles on faces in our community".

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Asda is among those helping support the project. Clare Jones, from the Newport store, donated school uniform basics to help local parents who aren't in a position to buy new school clothing.