When Miss McEvilly suggested to her Year 8 class at The South Leeds Academy that they bring in food for Leeds South Food Bank to mark Harvest Festival, the children responded enthusiastically.
Dobromila Synak, part of the school’s Interact Club, said “I really like to help other people and the whole form supported the collection.”
The class got quite competitive as pupils brought in more and more. In the end they handed over more than 25kg of tinned and dried food.
Linda Jackson, Project Manager at Leeds South & East Food Bank said:
“I want to say a big thank you to the school and the young people. It’s great that they want to help people other than themselves.”
The food bank has fed 8,000 people in the last year and half of those were under 16. It is part of a growing partnership involving Asda, Morrisons and Tesco to tackle food issues in the local population.
As well as emergency food parcels, the food bank is involved in other projects to tackle hunger including giving cerial and jam to school breakfast clubs. Watch out for a longer feature about the work of the food bank in January.
If you would like to donate food or volunteer, please ring: (0113) 271 5866.
If you need help from the food bank you must be referred to them by your doctor, social worker, health visitor, advice worker or other professional.