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Schoolchildren help stock food bank in Redcar

Teesside students have been making great efforts to keep their local food bank well stocked by donating hundreds of food items to the cause.

Secondary schools in the borough joined forces with Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, as well as Redcar and Cleveland College, to run a fundraising day. Almost £3,000 was raised in addition to the food donations, which included tinned goods, cereal, pasta and rice.

A staggering 202kg of food was collected in all and the Redcar Area Food Bank manager, Ruth Fox, was touched by the students’ efforts. She said:

“When the schools and colleges told me they wanted to help, I never thought for a minute that it would lead to the number of donations that we received.”

She went on to say that the staff at the food bank was especially grateful for the donations of cash, as it could be used to keep their delivery van on the road.

One student, 11-year-old Eve Robinson, said that she had been taken aback by the size of the distribution centre and hadn’t realised how many local people needed help with everyday essentials, like food.

There is a concern that when families are living on a tight budget, a balanced diet can become a secondary concern, with parents and children alike suffering as a result of poor nutrition.

Increased access to nourishing food would be one way of addressing this, while increasing the availability of healthy tuckshop foods in Teesside would be another action to ensure that youngsters get all of the vitamins that they need to develop.

Posted by Susan
April 8, 2014

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