Pupils on the Denver CE VC Primary School council visited Downham Market Food Bank to take donations
School youngsters were taught a valuable lesson about the importance of food banks when they handed in a donation this month.
On Thursday, November 16, members of the Denver CE VC Primary School council visited Downham Food Bank to deliver the items the school had collected in its harvest celebrations.
The students were given a tour of the food bank and learned about how it supports local families.
Amber, Mia, and Emie were given lanyards of volunteers who work there – Mia was Lisa, Emie was Brian and Amber was Jeanette.
In a document detailing their experience, the trio wrote: “Firstly, we went in and added our donations to the storage and we asked some questions.
“We weighed some food that was already there and we had to sort through things that couldn’t be used e.g. out of date foods. These items are given out for free.
“We had a tour around the main hall and we were shown how much pasta and cereal they are donated – a lot!
“They had lots of posters about the food bank and the importance of them in this current climate. They explained how people get to use the food banks.
“Most people have to go to the food bank, but in some cases they will deliver the food.
“Then we went into a room, a little like a mini supermarket, and we had to follow some instructions to make up a parcel for a family (four-year-old, an eight-year-old and two adults) finding the food from the shelves.
“We had to make it fair for the family. We had to wear aprons whilst doing this.
“We all really enjoyed visiting the food bank – it was a fun experience – we also got chocolates at the end.
“We learnt that a range of people who are struggling use the food bank and we have a better understanding of how our donations help families.”
Louise Jones, head teacher said the children really enjoyed the visit and that it helped them to understand how their donations are used to support local families.
She said: “It linked in well with our Christian theme for this term, generosity.”