Make a difference this winter
As the dark cold nights begin to make an appearance, it’s clear winter is fast approaching.
For many the heating is turned on and the classic winter hot dishes are cooked to keep us warm and toasty. However for 1 in 5 people in the UK who live below the poverty line they have to make the decision of whether to eat or put the heating on.
Schools across Oldham, including Thorp Primary School in Royton have been learning about the importance of Foodbanks and how they can help those less fortunate. Thousands of people all over the country take part in the Harvest Festival each year. This is the time of year when farmer’s crops have been harvested and food is collected to give to people in crisis.
Over the last few weeks they have collected various items of tinned, dried and packet food which are then donated to the local Foodbank to provide food for local residents in need of help. Zoe from Oldham Foodbank kindly visited Thorp Primary School to explain the importance of the collection and how the Foodbank helps local people with the aim to help them out of poverty.
Some of the children said:
“I like the Foodbank because it helps people. I really appreciate why we do this. The Foodbank gives food to people who need it” – Nancy, Year 4
“We do this because we are helping those who aren’t as fortunate as us and it makes us feel like we have helped. We want everyone to have what we have. We felt generous and hope we put a smile on someone’s face.” – Charlie, Year 6
“We want to make people who has less food or no food have enough. We want to improve people’s lives and share our food. We want to show a sign of generosity by giving food to people who need it. We hope we make lives better” – Noah, Year 6
Foodbanks not only help the homeless but thousands of families that are struggling to put food on the table. Last year alone the Oldham Foodbank provided 8048 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. They rely on the support of the local community for food donations, volunteers and finances.
There are many ways you can show your support, whether it’s volunteering your time, donating some food or money, and if you’re a local business who’d like to get behind this cause you could organise a fundraising day or share your staff’s workplace skills with their volunteers to make them more effective.
For donations please drop them off at The Three Crowns Centre, 1-3 Manchester Street, Oldham, OL1 1LE or for more information visit oldham.foodbank.org.uk or call 0161 622 1061.
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