Pupils dig deep to donate food to vital lifeline
A SCHOOL whose pupils could benefit from a food bank is the first to back the Telegraph's Ten Tonnes of Tins campaign.
Welholme Community Primary School has taken four boxes to fill as part of our campaign to get ten tonnes food to help feed the increasing number of struggling families in North East Lincolnshire.
It aims to help the Daily Bread Food Larder at Christian Action Resource Enterprise (Care), which is finding it hard to meet demand as more families turn to them.
Tina Burns, deputy child protection and learning mentor at the school, said that she has directed parents to the food bank in the past and has seen what a vital lifeline it can be.
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She said: "Some families here really struggle – I'm seeing it more and more where they have not a scrap of food in the house and they have noone to turn to. I visited a man who had no money for eight weeks while his benefit was being reassessed and had clearly not been eating. He could feed his daughter but, had no family or friends to ask for help.
"For people like him, the food bank is essential – and I have never heard of them turn anyone away.
"People round here understand how hard it can be and we have a very giving community who I'm sure will give whatever they can."
So far, 31 boxes have been taken by local community groups and shops to fill.
However, there's a long way to go before we have filled 500 boxes – the amount needed to reach our ten-tonne target.
Donors are asked to check the dates on the food and they need to have at least three months life left.
If your business would like to receive a box to fill, call 01472 372236. You can also bring donations to the Grimsby Telegraph office, at 80 Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, between 9am and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday. For more information about Care, call 01472 232310. If you have experienced food poverty, share your views through the Grimsby Telegraph. Get in touch with reporter Dan Russell on 01472 372236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or log onto www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk and comment on this article.