A Food for Stafford Families appeal launched at the start of Lent by staff at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School has proved a real lifesaver for 50 local families, who between them had over 100 children.
The appeal resulted food parcels being delivered to the families. Each one contained key dried food staples such as cereals, rice, crackers and pasta along with fresh meats, soups, sauces, fruit juices, cheeses, yoghurts, eggs, bread, fresh vegetables and, as a treat for the children, chocolate Easter eggs.
The food parcels were delivered to the homes of all those who had applied for them by BWH staff volunteers on Thursday 1st April.
“As schools close for the Easter break, many families in the local area had concerns about feeding their children,” said Helen Duffield, assistant principal at the school. “Over 25 per cent of children in Stafford are living in poverty.
“The school felt that Government support available in the current circumstances may not be enough to support the most vulnerable. There are also many families who aren’t eligible for free school meals who are struggling and in need of support.
“As a community, we wanted to ease this worry during these difficult times.”
Families simply had to complete an online form to register for a food parcel. The school community showed its support by bringing in food donations or raising money that was spent on additional fresh food items.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our students and their families, along with staff and friends of the school,” added Mrs Duffield.
“What we have collected will really make a considerable difference to people in need of help. Thank you to everyone who has donated, to the students who have helped us sort the items into packs and the staff who have helped to deliver them.”
Picture: Some of the goods donated.