Free children’s book gifted to families receiving food parcels in Sheffield

A Sheffield foodbank has formed a partnership with a city publisher to support the community by sending children’s books in food parcels to families.

By Alana Roberts
Sunday, 12th April 2020, 9:24 am
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 11:36 am

Twinkl, an educational publishing company based on Ecclesall Road, donated 500 of its 'Starry-eyed Stan' books to help bring joy to families who use the Sheffield S6 Foodbank and are facing increasing challenges due to the current crisis.

The book, which features a rhyming story set under the sea, was delivered free of charge to the foodbank by direct mail and fulfilment company, Flow Solutions UK Ltd.

They are currently being distributed by the Sheffield S6 Foodbank team to families primarily based in Hillsborough, Sharrow, Upperthorpe, Crookes, Broomhall, and Parson Cross.

Families receiving the 'Starry-eyed Stan' book in Sheffield

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Sam Evans, director of youth and social action at Sheffield S6 Foodbank, said: “Twinkl has made it possible to provide more holistic help to children and families in Sheffield. The books Twinkl has donated will help children to continue with their education and create a little bit of normality during the coronavirus crisis.

“The books were donated earlier this week and are already being given to families in Sheffield. They have been a real hit with the children and families who are enjoying the opportunity to support learning at home.”

S6 Foodbank is a cluster of foodbanks and part of the Foodbank network, founded by churches and community groups.

Sheffield S6 Foodbank volunteers preparing food parcels

The organisation is also part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks which work to tackle food poverty and hunger in communities across the UK.

Jonathan Seaton, co-founder and CEO of Twinkl, said: “The work the S6 Foodbank does is vitally important and we know parents and carers are doing incredible things to support their children’s education at this time.

“We are pleased we have been able to do something towards supporting them and hope this goes some way towards helping. We know lots of businesses, organisations and communities are doing amazing things to help others at this time and we hope that this continues and others will be inspired to help however they can too.”

Twinkl is also offering free resources to parents, teachers and carers during the pandemic. Visit www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.