Donation helps Ark Evelyn Grace fund breakfast club as food banks prepare for Christmas appeal

Katherine Johnston (18 October, 2019) Community

'We look forward to running special end of term breakfasts for our students'

32773Volunteers at Tesco Surrey Quays

Ark Evelyn Grace Academy has been given a £1,000 donation from Kellogg’s to help fund its pupils’ breakfast club.

As the impact of austerity and rising costs continues to affect struggling families, more children are at risk of hunger during the school day.

The school is one of many across the borough to provide a healthy and nutritious start to the day, making sure students are able to concentrate on their work.

School principal, Tim Dainty, said: “We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. We are now able to purchase more exciting spreads for our bagel bar and we look forward to running special end of term breakfasts for our students.

“These resources will help us provide our breakfast club services for our children and their families. Thanks to the support from Kellogg’s.”

The donation comes at a time when many food banks are preparing for the coldest months – and Christmas.

In Southwark, food charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare are appealing for volunteers to help out during TESCO’s annual food collection.

Held from Thursday, November 21, until Saturday, November 23, both charities will be out in force at stores across the UK encouraging shoppers to donate.

Volunteer Farihah Choudhury helped at last year’s Tesco food collection, helping to pick up donations for local groups supported by FareShare.

“I loved volunteering last year – it was great to speak with shoppers donating food. The kindness I saw was wonderful and gave me a lot of hope,” she said.

“I believe everyone should have access to good, healthy food and I’d encourage anyone who can to give some time to help stop people going hungry this Christmas.”

People interested in volunteering can find out more and sign up at www.fareshare/tescofoodcollection

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