Sheffield pupils collect feast of 1,250 items for city food bank

Pupils at Bradfield School have been collecting items of food to donate to a local food bank. Pictured with the items is Kate Davies, 12.
Pupils at Bradfield School have been collecting items of food to donate to a local food bank. Pictured with the items is Kate Davies, 12.
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Big-hearted pupils at a Sheffield school have collected a mountain of goods to donate to a food bank.

Students at Bradfield School put together the feast after running assemblies about food poverty and learning the is issue affects 25,000 youngsters in Sheffield.

Pupils at Bradfield School have been collecting items of food to donate to a local food bank.

Pupils at Bradfield School have been collecting items of food to donate to a local food bank.

They launched a campaign to collect as many food items as possible - ending up with 1,250, including 165 cans of soup, 69 tins of tuna, nappies and basic toiletries.

The food was delivered to S2 Food Bank, a network of community and faith organisations providing food parcels to those in need in the area, this week.

Citizenship teacher Ben Miskell said: “Running this campaign has opened the eyes of many of our students to how difficult life can be for so many people in our city.

“It’s important our youngsters leave school not just with excellent exam results, but with an understanding of how to make a difference in society.”

Year seven pupil Kate Davies, aged 12, went door to door collecting food.

She said: “‘It’s important to support the food bank because not everyone is as fortunate as we are.

“We were surprised to learn many people who use the food bank have jobs,but are on zero-hours contracts. “This means they don’t know how much money they have to spend from week to week.”

Simon Loveitt, treasurer of S2 Food Bank, said the food would ‘make a real difference.’

To find out more about helping or seeking help, visit www.s2foodbank.org.uk.