Today, a representative from the Blaydon Foodbank came to talk to the children in assembly. Lucy explained that the foodbank work to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local community. She explained that everyday people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference to many families, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.
Many local schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank to help and support people within our communities who are in need.
As a school, we have decided that we would like to work together to help people in need in our local community through the Blaydon Foodbank.
We have set up a food collection point in school and the children are invited to donate some non-perishable foods and toiletries over the next couple of weeks. These may include; breakfast cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, tinned beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and snacks.
Take a look at this video which highlights the Foodbank project Year 2 have been working on …
This week, Emma Bell from St Vincent’s support centre came into school to talk to the children about the help and support they provide for those who are homeless, or vunerable in the North East. St Vincent’s is part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, known as the SVP. Our Mini Vinnies are part of the same society and will be supporting the centre in the future.
Every week, the centre feed around 200 people at Vinnie’s Cafe in Blackfriars, Newcastle. They are provided with a free three-course meal, a friendly welcome, a warm place to be and company. People attend for many reasons. Some are street homeless or living in hostels, whilst others are on low income or isolated and in need of company. Whatever their reason, all are welcome.
All meals that are served at Vinnie’s are made from food donated by local supermarkets, Fareshare as well as local companies and schools. As well as free hot meals and refreshments, they also provide food parcels from their food bank, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags and blankets.
They also have a supported housing service which provides accomodation and support for the homeless.