Grimsby hero restarts lockdown school meal deliveries
The Grimsby teacher who was honoured after walking five miles a day to give thousands of meals to pupils during the first lockdown, has restarted deliveries as the UK enters it’s third lockdown.
Grimsby hero, Zane Powles MBE, began helping families who need free school meals after the government announced another lockdown.
Mr Powles was awarded an MBE in August for his efforts during the first lockdown when he delivered more than 7,000 meals.
He was also commemorated by local brewery, Docks Beers, who released a double dry hopped IPA named ‘Miracle Worker’ – featuring a graphic of Zane Powles MBE delivering free school meals on the 440ml cans.
He said organising the latest deliveries had been a “bit crackers”.
The deputy head teacher walked more than six miles to deliver 135 meals across North East Lincolnshire on foot on Tuesday.
On a FaceBook post to his friends and supporters, Mr Powles wrote:
“Day 1 of 6 weeks, at least, of Free School Meal deliveries done today”.
“Building on the 17 weeks; 7500 meals delivered and 550 miles walked during lockdown 1”.
“Was at Tesco late last night, and again tonight buying the supplies as the company we use to supply the meals hasn’t got organised yet”.
“The weather was very, very different from the first lot of deliveries in the Summer. Cold, rain, hail and wind today”.
“Luckily, I thought ahead and wore my Winter shorts”.
“Well done everyone at Western-I’m so lucky to work in such an amazing team that goes over and above every time for our children”.
“‘The School That Cares’”.
The 48-year-old is deputy head at Grimsby’s Western Primary was in the Army before becoming a teacher.
Mr Powles said he hoped other schools would follow his lead.
“It’s really important to see the children and their families too, and check they’re all OK.”
Photo: Zane Powels.