Latymer Community donates over 1,000 items to Trussell Trust Foodbank

We are so grateful to our Latymer Community who have generously donated over 1,000 items to our Trussell Trust Foodbank Appeal this week. 

Our thanks go to our Year 9 and Year 12 students who organised the appeal and Miss E Harvey and Mr Shah who supported them. 

Students across the Prep and Upper Schools were asked to help local people in crisis, by bringing in donations for the Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank. Items on the wish list included tinned fruit and vegetables, long-life juice, UHT milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned meat, non-refrigerated sponge pudding and jars of pasta sauce. 

 

Sian Gates, Deputy Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust said: “Thank you so much to everyone at Latymer Upper and Prep Schools who donated. You have been so generous! We couldn’t believe our eyes when we came to the school – you completely filled our van! This will make such a difference, thank you. Since 1st April 2020 the Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank have packed and delivered food to over 28,000 men, women and children, this is the equivalent of 280,000 meals. Our foodbank relies on goodwill and support. Over 90% of the food distributed by food banks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry which is why we are working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK and your support is so key to this. 

Yr 9  student, Paddy, one of the organisers of the Appeal said: “From April 2019-March 2020, a total of 1.9 million emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis by Trussell Trust foodbanks. Now that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, it is more urgent than ever.  This could really make a family’s Christmas. A range of reasons can lead to people needing to use food banks, including redundancy, sickness and domestic violence. As a form we decided to try and do something to help. We created a small 2-minute video, aiming to try and let people know how they could help others, especially this Christmas. We ended up with over 1,000 products and filled a total of 51 boxes, with around 20 items in each. Thank you to anyone who donated!”

If you’d like to donate or find out more about the Trussell Trust and their work click here: https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food

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