Yorkshire school children collect for foodbank

Children at school in Sheffield have started collecting food for a local food bank after a pupil told teachers they hadn't eaten for two days.

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Pupils help the hungry

The head teacher of a Sheffield school was so shocked when a pupil came to her saying she'd not eaten for a whole weekend that her school has set up what's believed to be the first food bank referral system of its kind in the UK.

Every half term from now on, Handsworth Grange Community Sports College will collect produce, and then transport it to one of the city's 16 food banks where it will be distributed to needy families. David Hirst reports.


Food bank situation is "shocking", says teacher

Pupils at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College Credit: David Hirst

Pupils at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College in Sheffield are preparing to distribute produce to a food bank half a mile away in the village.

Every half term the college plans to collect food and give it to the food bank. Headteacher Anne Quaile set up the scheme after a 15-year-old pupil came to her and said she hadn't eaten for a whole weekend.

She said it's shocking that people have to use food banks in one of the richest countries in the world.

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