Food for thought as pupils dig deep
SCHOOL children have pledged their support to the Post's Five Tons of Tins campaign.
A host of schools across Notts are backing the push to collect more than 11,000 tins of food to help feed the hard-up as Christmas approaches.
Pupils at Round Hill Primary School, in Foster Avenue, Beeston, have been collecting food for a food bank in Beeston run by Hope Nottingham.
Seven-year-old Abigail Hay said she and classmates in year 2 enjoyed donating tins of food to help other people.
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She said: "I've brought in two tins of beans and some apple juice to school from home.
"I liked doing it because it is nice to give people things if they do not have it."
Classmate James Hill, aged six, has also donated a tin of baked beans to the cause. "It's good because it might go to people who haven't got any food," he said. "It's good to help them."
Teaching assistant Judy Morton has been helping to collect donations.
The school has already filled one box with tins, and is hoping to collect enough food to fill many more in aid of Five Tons of Tins.
She said: "We had over 600 items donated for our Harvest festival, and the pupils keep bringing bits in. They've been very keen to help those not as fortunate of them."
Elsewhere in Beeston, passers-by have been donating items to John Clifford School, in Nether Street.
The school's business manager, Karen Taylor, launched the collection last week as part of the school's support for the Beeston food bank.
She said: "The kids will really get behind this and the aim is to fill at least one box with tins, but hopefully more."
Youngsters at Blue Bell Hill Primary School, in St Ann's, will also be set a challenge next week to contribute to the cause.
Nic Williams, the school's director of business and community, said: "The box is quite full at the moment thanks to donations from staff and members of the local community, but we've decided to have a week of really pushing it in school.
"We'll be doing an assembly on Monday talking about it, and then ask every pupil to bring one tin in. If they do that we'll have 350 tins by the end of the week."
The Five Tons of Tins campaign launched last month, and is asking organisations such as schools, churches and businesses to fill a collection box with tins of food and drop it off at their nearest food bank.
All types of tinned food are accepted, as well as other non-perishable items such as dried pasta, cereals, tea bags and coffee.
There are currently eight food banks based at Bestwood, Clifton, Aspley, Sneinton, Beeston, Broxtowe Estate, Chilwell and one which covers Radford and Hyson Green. Two more are set to open in St Ann's and Arnold by Christmas.
Have you been helped by a food bank? Or do you volunteer at one? If so, call Post reporter Emily Winsor on 0115 905 1951, or e-mail email@example.com.