OVER 300 children left their teachers gobsmacked after boosting the Mail’s We Can Do It campaign with dozens of bags of grub.
The pupils from Grange Primary School, in Owton Manor Lane, were asked by their teachers to donate any items of food for their harvest festival celebrations.
It was decided that the collection would then be handed to Hartlepool Foodbank, based in Church Street, to be given out to the needy people of the town.
Assistant head teacher Anne Barberi said: “We could not believe how much food was collected, it was absolutely brilliant.
“I’m not sure how many bags or boxes but there were four tables and they were full, as well as food under the tables as well.”
She added: “It was very successful, both the children and parents were extremely generous.
“We linked up with Hartlepool Foodbank and agreed that all the food would be sent there, and we handed out a list of items that were suitable for people to donate.
“There were so many things that came in. As well as all of the food from children, Asda kindly donated a wheatsheaf made from dough, and one of our governors, who is also a farmer provided us with some wheat, oats and barley.”
The generous kids could then see where food comes from before it is packaged and tinned, and then how it can be used to help others.
Mrs Barberi said: “It was educational for the children and also showed them the social and moral side about how it can help people in these hard times.
“The children enjoyed it, it was great.”