School pupils give donations to Newark Foodbank
11:53am Tue Sep 29, 2015
Children presented harvest gifts to a foodbank on Monday.
Isobel Staton, 10, and Toby Kay, 9 giving harvest gifts to Newark Foodbank.
Isobel Staton, 10, and Toby Kay, 9 giving harvest gifts to Newark Foodbank.
The four to 11-year-olds from Elston All Saints’ Anglican Methodist Primary School gave Newark Foodbank 112kg of food and drinks, including orange juice, boxes of cereal and fruit from their harvest festival.

Head Mrs Lisa Richmond said the harvest festival was usually organised by members of All Saints’ Church, Elston, but this year the school decided to hold it.

“The children have been learning about the harvest festival and the foodbank,” she said.

“It is good for pupils to see first-hand where their donations will be going.”

Pupils Isobel Staton, 10, and Toby Kay, 9, members of the school’s pupil parliament, were chosen to present the donations.

They went back to the school and explained to each class how the foodbank worked.

Isobel said: “We have been able to see how the food will help people in Newark.

“It is a good feeling to answer other children’s questions.”

'Anything people can donate will make a difference'

Mrs Lesley Marshall, manager of the foodbank, said they were grateful to everyone who helped.

“Sometimes there is no correlation between what time of year it is and when we will be busy, so it is important that we are prepared and stocked up,” she said.

“We have a lot of pasta and tins of beans, but anything people can donate will make a difference to people out there.”

The foodbank is based at Barnbygate Methodist Church and open from 3pm-5pm on Tuesdays and from 1pm-3pm on Fridays.

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