THE SPIRIT of Christmas giving is being felt at a Rugby secondary school where students have donated generously to Rugby Foodbank.
Students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have donated a wide range of tins and long life food items as part of the school’s annual collection for the Foodbank.
As part of school activities in the Christmas period, staff launched an appeal and asked students to bring in items of food or donations for the Foodbank’s Christmas hampers which are being created to help ensure those in need can enjoy the Christmas season.
By the end of a two-week collection period, four tables were piled high with donated items, which included cupboard staples such as beans, soups and spaghetti along with festive foods including Christmas pudding, selection boxes and chocolate.
Headteacher Alison Davies said: “It is always positive to see how our students embrace and get behind our annual collection for Rugby Foodbank.
“The last two years have been difficult for lots of people and I know that the Foodbank really appreciate our support. We thank everyone who made a donation.”
Rugby Foodbank opened in 2012 and is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of over 1,200 UK foodbanks. They provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in a 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.