Queens’ School in Bushey has collected over 100kg of donations for Watford Foodbank.
Students Layomi, Rachel and Andrew visited the Foodbank last month with teacher Mrs Thomas and were given an insightful look into how the centre helps the community first-hand.
They were shown round by Brian Baxter, the Team Leader of the Foodbank based on Imperial Way, Watford. Brian explained the work the Foodbank does and how the demand for services has increased over the past few years.
Heidi Thomas, Teacher said: “The students helped weigh in the donated food themselves. Queens’ pupils, parents and staff had donated a total of 139.6KG of food. Mr Baxter explained that 12KG of food could support a family for three days.
“The children were really shocked at the amount of people coming through the centre, even during our visit. On the way back they discussed on a deeper political level reasons why the need for foodbanks are on the rise.”
Foodbank volunteers told students how demand for the service is high, and donations are needed urgently throughout the year, not just the festive period.
Heidi added: “We were surprised at how quickly the stock gets used up, when we visited the donation shelves were filled, but this would have all been used up in a couple of days.”
Watford Foodbank website states: “Our foodbank relies on your goodwill and support. The Pictures on this web site often show empty racks, these are not staged photographs, this is reality. In January and at Harvest Festival we are full to the seams, but at the same time the demand increases, and we often start to struggle again in early February.”
The Watford Foodbank helps meet the needs of local people in crisis and is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 1pm.
For more information on how you can help throughout the year, visit watfordfoodbank.co.uk/give-help/