Food Bank Donation – December 2019

Year 7 Pupils with Petra Parker (South Derbyshire CVS) with the food donations from the
Blessed Robert Sutton community.

Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Voluntary Academy students have handed over dozens of items to a local foodbank.

The whole school collected tins, packets, biscuits, drinks and sweets to donate to South Derbyshire CVS in Swadlincote.

Petra Parker, South Derbyshire CVS co-ordinator, visited the school, in Burton, and collected the items.

She said: “I’m going to take the food back and it will be sorted by our volunteers into foodbank bags for the people who are referred to us from a number of agencies. As well as giving them food we also try to help them resolve the issue that led to them being referred to us in the first place. We point them towards other support that they might need, so we’re not just giving them a box of food.”

Petra said that on average throughout the year they would normally see around 120 people per month visiting the foodbank but this figure can double over the festive period.

She said: “We do get an influx at this time of year. We put a present with each food package we provide to add a bit of festive sparkle.

“I think this donation is amazing. It’s wonderful and I would like to say thankyou to everybody who has contributed. I think it’s also great that it teaches young people something of value.”

Student Amelia Taylor she was pleased that the school had been able to help.

She said: “I think it’s great that we are helping people in our own local community.”

Student Amy Belcher said she realised that everyone was not as lucky as her.

She said: “I think these donations mean a lot to people; they can change people’s lives.”

Acting headteacher Laura O’Leary said she was proud of her students for helping to make a difference.

She said: “Our students are always urged to think of others and support those in need. Hopefully these donations will help people in our local community who may be struggling and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed.”

If you would like to support the foodbank you can find more information here: https://sdcvs.org.uk/services/south-derbyshire-cvs-food-bank