12 January 2022

Donations pour into successful Student Food Bank Campaign

A campaign to support people struggling to buy food over Christmas has been a tremendous success. Students at Brooksbank have been learning about how food banks operate, throughout the autumn term, culminating in a campaign to support those in our community who cannot afford to buy necessities. 

Learners launched the campaign in November, following a visit from Elland Food Bank and Drop-In Centre organisers. The response was fantastic, and students delivered 24 large bags and boxes full of supplies to the food bank at Southgate Methodist Church.  

During lessons, students learned how the food bank (one of 2,200 in the UK) works and how demand for basics has increased dramatically during the Covid pandemic. Food Bank organisers advised how best to help.   

A poster campaign followed, and collections took place in the busy pre-Christmas period. Students, parents, and staff donated boxes and bags brimming with tins, jars, pasta, tea, coffee, and other essential items.   

“We thought the run-up to Christmas, when many struggling families are hit harder than ever, would be an ideal time to appeal for donations,” said Link Manager, Hazel Sykes. 

Teacher Christine Wilkinson agreed, “I teach our Link students Maths, and it’s been fabulous to see the effort they have put into the project.” Christine also paid tribute to form 10U, who collected for six weeks, then presented their results in a wonderfully decorated presentation box.

In conclusion, Hazel Sykes said, “It’s been a brilliant project to organise, and students have shown real commitment and hard work. Considering the fantastic response from students, parents and staff alike, we would like to make this an annual collection so students can continue to support our community and our Food Bank.”

Brooksbank would like to thank everyone involved in the project and everyone who contributed.

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