Sheffield students support food bank

Eckington pupils at Hope food bank
Eckington pupils at Hope food bank

A bumper effort to help people who are struggling has been made by Eckington students.

Eckington School recently donated nearly 40 boxes to the Killamarsh-based New Hope Food Bank.

Once donations had flooded in to school, two staff members took students to visit the food bank that provides emergency food to individuals and families in short term crisis, as a community based mission of New Hope Community Church.

Students who volunteered to go were Faith Davies, Noah Jenkinson, Harrison Windle, Hollie Sampson, Josh Skelland, Grace Wood, Jessica Hall,

Charlotte Harrison and Jamie Littlewood.

Students spent the morning making up food parcels that would be delivered later that day to people within the local community. Non-perishable items were donated to the food bank from a prescribed shopping list.

The aim of the food bank is to help people in short term crisis by offering free emergency food for seven days for up to four visits.

Its volunteers recognise that when people on a low income with no financial safety net have a sudden crisis such as bereavement, ill health, redundancy, marital break up or even an unexpected bill, it can leave them unable to buy food. Immediate practical help gives the client and the referral agency breathing space to work together to resolve underlying problems.

To qualify for help, families and individuals have to be referred to New Hope Food Bank by registered care professional groups, such as Social Services, Doctors Surgeries, Sure Start, Probation Service, Citizens Advice Bureau, or Age Concern.

Once crisis is established the client is then able to receive a food parcel from the food bank. The food bank will provide nutritionally balanced meals for a period of seven days.

Eckington School has also raised over £800 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.