PUPILS at a Morpeth school have once again given a helping hand to people in the area struggling with major financial difficulties.
The Wansbeck Valley Food Bank began last year and the service provides supplies to those who need support to feed themselves and their family.
Chantry Middle School and Technology College did a very successful collection for it 12 months ago and the response from students this year has been excellent as well, as hundreds of items have been donated.
Year 8 pupils Megan Elliott and Katy Duncan led the 2013 appeal. They did a presentation in an assembly to give their peers background information about the food bank and explained how it works.
Katy said: “The collection last year helped a lot of local people, so we decided that it would be good to do another one this year and help more people in need.
“I told my mum about what I was doing and now we make sure we don’t throw away food when it’s still ok to eat.”
The items that were handed in by pupils included powdered milk, sugar, cartons of fruit juice, soup, pasta sauces, cereal, tea bags, instant coffee, instant mash, rice, pasta, jam and biscuits, as well as tins of meat, fish, sponge pudding, beans, tomatoes, rice pudding and fruit.
Megan said: “We’re really pleased with the response. We think everyone in the school has donated at least one item.
“When we did our research about the food bank, we were surprised to find out that quite a few people in Morpeth need this kind of help. It made us feel upset for those people and we realised that we can take what we have for granted sometimes.”
The main places covered by the food bank are Ashington, Morpeth and Newbiggin.
Parcels are directed to the most needy via a number of associated professional referrers.