SCHOOL and college students dug deep to donate hundreds of food items and almost Pounds 3,000 for their area’s food bank.
All of Redcar and Cleveland borough’s secondary schools joined together with Redcar and Cleveland College and Guisborough’s Prior Pursglove College for the fundraising day.
Students and staff brought in a vast array of food items and fundraising events were organised to raise cash for the upkeep of the food bank van, which has been supplied by TransFlex in Middlesbrough.
Items such as pasta, rice, tinned goods and cereal were given, culminating in more than 202kg of food being collected – the equivalent of about 14 food hampers – along with Pounds 2,913 being raised.
Ruth Fox, manager of Redcar Area Food Bank, said she had been overwhelmed by the support and all the items were gratefully received.
“We are especially grateful for the cash donations as they will help to run our delivery van, but the food is much-needed too.
“We give out, on average, 50 hampers a week, so every item that was supplied to us will be distributed to families who need it the most.
“Often the people we are helping have had their benefits reduced or are simply not earning enough to survive.
“They can’t rely on us indefinitely, but we can help for short periods, so it’s a valuable service.
Eve Robinson, 11, of Sacred Heart School, visited the distribution centre and was shocked at its size.
She said: “I thought getting the schools involved in the food bank was a great idea because it has taught us that some people in our area need help with basic living.”
Cameron Newsome, 12, from Redcar Academy, said: “The food and donations are going to a great cause because they are helping people really close to home.
“I can’t believe the number of people who volunteer at the food bank, too.”
Matthew Rayson, 13, from Huntcliff School in Saltburn, said he couldn’t believe how many people needed help.
And Alex Conway, 19, of Redcar and Cleveland College, likened the food bank warehouse to a supermarket.
He said: “There seems to be everything that you can think of in the food bank.
“It’s incredibly well organised, so we can see that a lot of time and effort goes into making it a success.”
Source: Evening Gazette (UK)
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