A FAMILY who own a taxi business are offering to supply free food to people struggling to make ends meet.

The team at Taunton Taxi Services wanted to help after the Government voted not to supply free school meals over half term.

Max Bishop, who runs the company with his wife Jade Jewell-Bishop, mum Cyndy Slatter and her husband Lee, said they want to "put something back".

"It's not something massive, it's just something we wanted to do," said Max.

"We don't want to see people struggling and we're going to move heaven and earth to get something going on a daily basis.

"If anyone is finding it hard to put food on the table, come and let us know. We'll get something out to you.

"We'll carry on doing this for as long as we can.

"Jade and I have five children of our own and we don't want to see other families struggling.

"A lot of people are losing their jobs and Universal Credit doesn't stretch far enough for them."

Max said it was wrong of MPs to vote against extending the free meals scheme inspired by Manchester United and England football star Marcus Rashford.

"The Government aren't helping some of the people who really need it," added Max. "It's not fair.

"We're trying to put something back as our business is getting back to something like normality.

"We'll be funding this, supplying and delivering the food, and we've already had messages from people who want to help as well."

Taunton Taxi Services, which has 11 vehicles, offered NHS staff working at Musgrove Park Hospital half price fares during lockdown.

Anyone struggling with food bills should contact the company on 01823 248248 or via Facebook.

Meanwhile, Rob Scurlock of Wellington-based Somerset Smart Repair will be providing free school meal vouchers over half term. For details, direct message him on Facebook.