Almost ten wheelie bins full of food have been donated to a Foodbank in Sawston and one in Cambridge after a collection point set up at the South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) offices in September.
The food has gone to the Cambridge Foodbank and Huntingdon’s Charity Foodbank in Sawston, supplying three days of food to those in need.
The collection point inspired a campaign for foodbank donations at The Vine Inter-Church Primary School, which saw schoolchildren in Cambourne have give up their pocket money and raid kitchen cupboards to donate food.
The youngsters, aged between six and seven years old, donated around 1,000 items of non-perishable dried and tinned food with others donating pocket money to buy goods.
Morrisons supermarket in Cambourne has also backed the campaign with a 20 per cent discount on purchases by the school.
National charity, the Trussell Trust, estimated that in 2012-13 foodbanks fed 346,992 people across the UK.
Of those helped, 126,889 were children.
SCDC’s foodbank collection point is in the reception at the Cambourne office and invites non perishable dried and tinned food that is in date and undamaged.
Currently both charities are specifically seeking:
– Tinned rice pudding
– Tinned sponge pudding
– Tinned meat, e.g. mince, stewed steak, chicken and pies
– Tinned fish,
– Tinned soup
– Treats, e.g. small bars of chocolate, packs of sweets
– Instant coffee (small jars)
Cllr David Bard, chairman of SCDC, said: “We have been really pleased with the level of support for the food collection point since it launched and it is fantastic to see school children also digging deep to help someone who is less fortunate than themselves this Christmas.”
Carol Shepherd, year two teacher at The Vine Inter-Church Primary School, said: “All the year two team would like to take this opportunity to thank the families, pupils, parents and staff for helping to make a difference.
“The donations put forward will really help make sure that this Christmas is a happy time for everyone.”
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