By Amy Hume - Year 11 and Robin Howard - Year 7
Richard Lander School staff and students joined together to collect food for Truro foodbank to aid hungry people. On the 16th of December representatives including myself took a trip down to Truro foodbank to deliver the food. In total we gave 102.1 kg of food which will feed 8 people with 9 meals each. Roger Peppiatt, Chairman of the Truro and District Foodbank, said “we are very grateful for the donation as there are a lot of hungry people in Truro.”
Robin Howard – Year 7 – who delivered the food, said “it was very interesting to see how much food generous people had donated and how well organised the foodbank was. I asked about what they could do for people with food allergies and for pets; people donate all sorts of things to food banks, so they had stock for all diets. I was surprised to find out that it was mostly young people that benefitted from the food bank, partly due to the fact that some older people are proud. “
People who are in need of emergency food can bring a voucher, which they can get from doctors, social workers and the Citizens Advice Bureau, to the foodbank in All Saints Church, Highertown, where they are given 3 days’ worth of food. We were shocked to learn that many people who are in need of the food bank have jobs which don’t guarantee a certain weekly wage and therefore struggle when they aren’t paid as much. There are over 50 volunteers at the foodbank who help distribute, sort and collect food. We were surprised to see how generous people are at giving food, and how high the need for food is, as the foodbank has given out 30 tonnes of food in the last year.
The foodbank helps a wide variety of people from Truro, St Agnes, Perranporth and the Roseland Peninsular. Places that donate to the foodbank include Sainsbury’s, Tesco, local schools and churches and of course generous individuals. Without the support of the local community, the foodbank would struggle to operate. Donations never go unnoticed and are always greatly appreciated. Without Truro Foodbank lots of people would go hungry including the high percentage of children who are in need of food.
We were fortunate to see the positive effect such a charity as this can have on the community and are glad to be a part of this worthwhile process. It’s great to see that we can make a big difference in people’s lives.