Stanbridge pupils bring cheer for foodbank

December 21 2018

YOUNGSTERS from a Downend primary school collected a van load of food and treats after deciding to help people in need close to home.

Pupils at Stanbridge Primary School brought in donations for their local foodbank after hearing how it helped people in crisis.

The school’s council, which includes a representative from each of the 14 classes at Stanbridge, decides on a good cause each year for pupils to help by making donations.

This year the school councillors decided they wanted to help people in the area who were less fortunate than themselves, so looked for a local charity to support.

They decided to help the Yate and Chipping Sodbury Foodbank, an organisation which runs services at three locations in South Gloucestershire, including the Resound foodbank in Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield.

A volunteer from the foodbank visited to speak about their work and the council members made a presentation to the school about the project.

Foodbanks help people who are at risk of going hungry by providing them with parcels containing ingredients for a minimum of three days’ worth of nutritionally-balanced meals.

People are given a voucher to exchange for food by health visitors, children’s centres, Citizens Advice or other agencies who have identified that they are at risk of going hungry due to an emergency such as losing a job, changes in benefits or homelessness.

Parcels typically contain non-perishable foods such as cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned meat and vegetables and UHT milk.

At Christmas foodbanks collect donations to provide recipients with a few treats like chocolate, crackers, cake and stocking fillers. Youngsters were encouraged to bring in items from a list.

Teachers Sharon Toogood and Rebecca Dimery helped the school councillors round up the hundreds of donations brought in by pupils, which were collected by foodbank project manager Robert Vernon to be distributed in time for Christmas. In total Stanbridge collected 198kg of food - enough to feed 20 people for five days.

Mrs Toogood said: “Christmas is a really busy time for foodbanks. It’s a hard time for lots of people and to make it at least easier for them with these nice things at Christmas is lovely. It was a really good response to a real need.”