‘He’s a hero’ – the teacher who hand-delivered 15,000 free school meals in lockdown

Assistant head Zane Powles made sure no child went hungry when his school closed. Our Guardian Angel treats Powles to a survival weekend in the wild

When Zane Powles realised that the UK was probably going into a lockdown in March last year, his first thought was about the schoolchildren. Specifically, their stomachs. “I thought: how will the kids get their free school meals?” says the 49-year-old assistant headteacher from Cleethorpes. “I know our kids live hand to mouth.” Powles’s solution was straightforward: he would personally deliver them all. And so he did: 15,000 meals, over a distance of 900 miles, through lockdowns one, two and three.

In rain and hot sun, Powles pounded the streets, meals in tow, for the next 12 months. Christmas lights appeared in windows, and were packed away again. “I delivered meals for one week short of a year,” says Powles. “It’s mad looking back. Crazy.”

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