- Zane Powles has been walking more than five miles every day to deliver meals by hand to his pupils
- He puts the packed lunch on the doorstep, knocks and then waits on the pavement or in the garden until they are picked up
- The teacher carries huge sacks filled with packed meals that weigh more than 18kg plus homework for at least 78 students each day
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An assistant headteacher has come up with his own unique solution to ensuring his pupils still have access to free school meals.
The man identified as Zane Powles has been walking for eight kilometres every day to deliver them by hand.
Powles, who works at Western Primary School in Grimsby, northeast Lincolnshire, carries huge sacks filled with packed meals that weigh more than 18kg plus homework for at least 78 students each day.
The former soldier, who was part of the Grenadier Guards, 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 the food is picked up.
Headteacher Kim Leach and another teacher take turns to bring an additional 25 lunches by car to families who live further on a 15-mile round trip every day.
Forty percent of children at the school are entitled to free school meals.
According to the teacher, daily lunch deliveries have been brilliant and humbling and have been appreciated by the parents, reported the Independent
“The parents and children come to the window or the door to wave and say hello, some of the parents want to have a little chat. I think I am the only adult contact they get to talk to some days,” he said.
The teacher was awarded Primary Teacher of the Year in 2019.
He said that his job is all about the children's welfare and educating and by delivering food, he is just doing it in a different way.
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