Students at Poynton High School have sprung into action to support the work of a local food bank in Stockport.
Year 10 students have been learning about the work of local food banks as part of their GCSE Religious Studies course and were asked to bring in donations of food items. There was an excellent response from so many of the students, with items such as tinned foods, packets of rice and cereals being donated. Students were clearly moved when they learnt about the desperate plight of so many people in the local area and did not need asking twice to help.
Miss Long, Director of Learning for Welfare Education said ‘I am amazed at how supportive so many of our students have been. It is heartening to see that so many young people can show empathy and concern for other people.’
Nigel Tedford from Stockport food bank met staff and students and was overwhelmed with the items collected. He said ‘At this time of year Stockport food bank are seeing an increasing number of people coming to food banks who are in need of food help as the poor weather is having such a major affect on households. Already in 2017/18 we have seen a 26% increase in demand at our food banks which is a clear indicator of how difficult people are finding things at this time and the indications are that this will not be reducing any time soon.’
‘We are so grateful for the on-going support from Poynton High School,” said Nigel Tedford, manager of Stockport food bank, ‘as the needs at this time of year just keep on increasing. It’s fantastic to have the support of the students and teachers alike – they can be assured that every tin and packet will be going to a family in need at this time. Thank you to everyone who donated.’
Stockport food bank issues free 3 day emergency food parcels, on a referral basis, to anyone in need who lives in the SK postcode area. For further details please call 0161 487 3370.