12 overflowing baskets delivered.
We recently delivered 12 overflowing baskets of donations of non-perishable food and toiletries to the Trussell Trust Devizes Food Bank, which were most gratefully received. Mrs Russell says… “This was a tremendous result for our small school with contributions from villagers in Lockeridge too – everyone really got behind this initiative and so much more was donated than we were expecting! We will be doing this again because parents and children tell us they want to do the same for Christmas 2019 in addition to our annual harvest donations.”
Four pupils were selected to deliver the items with Mrs France and Mrs Gittins ( parent and School Governor) and learnt more about this project, how the products are received and organised in the centre and the valuable role it plays for local people in need. They learnt that The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, which work out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK and provide emergency food to people referred for support. In the last year the network gave 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
The children said they were amazed to see how much had been donated at school and impressed to see even more donated goods stored at the centre ready for distribution. They helped to unpack the baskets and said they hoped that the goods would be useful and that they could bring more items back another time.
Mrs France who led this project reports… “In the spirit of kindness and generosity that we explored with our pupils last year, this really was a great practical way of showing how easily we can help other people. I am delighted to hear that some of our school families plan to make regular donations now as a result of this school project – what a fantastic additional outcome! Thank you to everyone in our school family for enthusiastically embracing this initiative.” The story was followed here by the Gazette & Hearld.