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28th May, 2022

Generous students help Foodbank stock up for winter

GENEROUS students at Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have donated hundreds of food items as part of an appeal to support Rugby Foodbank.

Inspired by a video assembly by Rugby Youth for Christ explaining what the food bank does, how it supports people and which items are acceptable as donations, students brought in items ranging from biscuits to rice and long life milk during a two-week collection.

Year 8 student Lili Oliver brought in several hundred items thanks to support from her mum’s work colleagues, and also used her pocket money to buy selection boxes which will be distributed over the festive period.

Year 8 student Lili with her bumper donation.

And fellow Year 8 students Amelia Ray-Chaudhuri and George Docker brought in many carrier bags full of food.

Head teacher Alison Davies said: “Our students always show their generous nature, and have excelled themselves this year.

“We launched our food collection to keep a sense of normality during what has been a difficult year.

“Due to the restrictions, and the impact of coronavirus, we were not expecting to collect as much food as in previous years. However, our students have outdone themselves and we have collected an extraordinary amount of food.

“We are delighted to hand this food over, knowing it will support local people in their time of need.”

Rugby Foodbank, based on Newbold Road, opened in 2012 as part of The Trussell Trust’s network of food banks. The Trust supports more than 1,200 food banks in the UK, which provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food to people who have been referred in their time of need. Between April 2019 and March 2020, foodbanks in the trust’s network provided a record 1.9million food supplies to people in crisis, an increase on the previous year.

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