AVS Food Bank Donation
In the last weeks of the autumn term the generous students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have donated a wide range of tins and long life food items as part of the school’s annual collection for Rugby Foodbank.
To launch the foodbank appeal students were visited by volunteers from the Rugby Foodbank who ran assemblies explaining the role of the Foodbank in the local community. The students were shown the types of food items that go into the food parcels and were encouraged to make a donation. Students were also told about the special Christmas hampers which are being created to help ensure those in need can enjoy the Christmas season.
At the end of the two week collection period representatives from the foodbank visited the school to collect the items which included cupboard staples such as beans, soups and spaghetti along with festive foods including Christmas puddings, selection boxes and chocolate. In total four tables were stacked with donated items.
Alison Davies, Headteacher, commented, “It is always wonderful to see how enthusiastically our students get behind and support good causes. We are all well aware of the hardships many people are facing and, sadly, this will increase the demand for the service offered by the foodbank. We are therefore very proud of have made a substantial donation that will support local people and we are very grateful to all who made a donation.”
The food bank based on Newbold Road opened in 2012 and is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of food banks. The Trust supports more than 1,200 food banks in the UK, which provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in their time of need. Between April 2019 and March 2020, food banks in the trust’s network provided a record 1.9 million food supplies to people in crisis, an increase on the previous year.