Published: 17/11/2017 17:00 - Updated: 22/11/2017 10:46

You can 'bank' on pupils' generosity

Written byChris Saunderson

Insch Primary, Aberdeenshire North Foodbank, Food Aid
Teacher Stephanie Johnston and her class with the amazing collection of food.


COMPASSIONATE youngsters at Insch Primary helped generate a "whopping" 345kg of food aid for people in Aberdeenshire struggling to make ends meet.

The children of P3-4J amassed the tinned and packet food from a harvest collection at the school for the Aberdeenshire North Foodbank.

The collection was spearheaded by class teacher Stephanie Johnston and her 24 pupils who have been learning about the topic "People who help us" and considering how they can help others.

The pupils shared the needs of people suffering from food poverty with other classes and organised the collection of tinned goods.

Miss Johnston said: "The food was collected in the space of two weeks. They did a fantastic job and worked really hard."

The children sent letters home to parents, reminded fellow pupils of the need to donate and even addressed a school assembly.

"They spoke a lot about how awful it is to go to bed hungry and they wanted to make sure no-one had to do that," added Miss Johnston.

"It was a very rewarding experience for them."

Sophie MacDonald, parent helper, who organises a collection for the food bank each year, said: "Aberdeenshire North Foodbank were delighted to receive such a large donation from Insch School.

"It is encouraging to see young people taking seriously the need to help those suffering from food poverty in their local area. The donation from Insch weighed in at a whopping 345kg."

Jeannie Price, of Aberdeenshire North Foodbank, thanked the school for its timely donation.

She said: "We continue to see an increase in demand for emergency food, not just in Huntly but across the food bank network. As universal credit is rolled out early next year, we anticipate that this will only continue.

"We remain hugely grateful for every food donation we receive and the generous support we are given from the local community.

"At this time of year, as temperatures drop and people on low incomes face the difficult choice of heating or eating, we know that many will go without.

"We have a three-day food collection happening in Tesco Huntly on Thursday, November 30; Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. If anyone has an hour or two to spare to help meet and greet shoppers, accept donations and pack them into crates, it would be much appreciated."

To sign up to help, please contact the Huntly Foodbank co-ordinator Linda MacGregor on 07479 954746.

The food bank is short of the following staples at the moment – tinned meats, small jars of coffee, small boxes of teabags, jam, long-life fruit juice and tinned or instant potatoes.

Added Jeannie: "We are also looking for festive items to add at this time of year such as mince pies, chocolate, Christmas puddings, tinned ham, savoury snacks and selection boxes."

In Huntly, donations can be dropped off at the food bank at the rear of Gordon Rural Action on Gordon Street. It is open on a Tuesday and Friday.

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