Hartlepool students collect for foodbank

Abi Knowles from Hartlepool Foodbank with Sacred Heart pupils Jessica Blakelock, Isobel Howell, Molly Wearing and Niall Pounder.
Abi Knowles from Hartlepool Foodbank with Sacred Heart pupils Jessica Blakelock, Isobel Howell, Molly Wearing and Niall Pounder.

Youngsters at a Hartlepool primary school are helping to make sure others don’t go hungry.

Pupils at Sacred Heart RC Primary School in the town have donated a large quantity of food to the Hartlepool Foodbank.

Abi Knowles from Hartlepool Foodbank with youngsters from Sacred Heart RC Primary School.

Abi Knowles from Hartlepool Foodbank with youngsters from Sacred Heart RC Primary School.

Students from all year groups within the school, which has more than 400 youngsters, all brought in items to be donated to the Church Street charity.

Julie Allinson, Year 3 teacher and RE co-ordinator at the Hart Lane primary, said she was very proud of how much the school gathered in just a couple of days.

Ms Allinson said the children had been learning about Archbishop Oscar Romero, in what would have been his centenary year, and about his work to support the poor.

From there they started to look at poverty in this country and in their own town.

They are much more aware of the need to help people on their own doorsteps

Julie Allinson

Abi Knowles, a representative from the Hartlepool Foodbank, went along to the school to talk about the charity and explain to the children about how the foodbank operates and why it is needed in Hartlepool.

Ms Allinson said: “I think the children are a lot more aware now that there are people in Hartlepool who are finding it difficult to have enough to eat and not just people in other countries.

“They are much more aware of the need to help people on their own doorsteps.”

The teacher said the pupils also found out about what to do if someone needs food and how the foodbank’s voucher system works.

She said: “The children collected a really good amount of food, considering we did it in less than a week.

“The charity is going to bring the van to collect it all.”

Sacred Heart RC Primary School also holds a Family Fast Day on a Friday, where eveyone goes without something in a bid to help someone else, so the foodbank project fitted in with that.

This was the first time the school had been involved with Hartlepool Foodbank, but she hopes they will be carrying out similar collections for the charity in the future.

The foodbank is open twice a week and proides families, who are referred to it in crisis, with three days of food.

It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

For more information about the foodbank, or to find out how to help, visit hartlepool.foodbank.org.uk.