Sheffield students donate food to needy families

Donation: Sheffield school youngsters handed over 3,000 food items to the St Vincent de Paul furniture store.
Donation: Sheffield school youngsters handed over 3,000 food items to the St Vincent de Paul furniture store.
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GENEROUS youngsters dressed as loaves and fishes to donate more than 3,000 items of food for vulnerable families in need.

The students from All Saints Catholic High and Seven Hills School in Sheffield were hoping to form a ‘human food chain’ to deliver the groceries to St Vincent de Paul furniture store almost a mile away.

But heavy rain saw the event, aimed at tackling food poverty, called off.

The schools still managed to deliver the items - collected over many months at All Saints - to the store and the chain challenge is now expected to take place next year.

Paul Sharpe, associate deputy headteacher, said: “We were disappointed that the chain event did not take place but we have to think about the safety and wellbeing of our pupils.

“The food was still delivered with the items loaded on to a minibus. The chain was postponed and will hopefully take place next Easter as part of our Lent celebrations.”

Some students were carrying banners at the presentation last week as part of the schools’ support of an international campaign called Hungry for Change.

It aims to transform the way the global food system works so the poorest people can also afford to eat.

Sarah Parkin, a student volunteer for Catholic aid agency CAFOD, said: “We want everyone to have enough food.

“Our school community has been collecting food to share with people in Sheffield who are struggling to afford to buy it.

“At the same time we are supporting CAFOD in calling for a fair food system.”

Students have been learning about the food problems that affect people in Sheffield – as well as developing countries – as part of their studies.

The items handed over to St Vincent de Paul will be made into food parcels and given out to vulnerable families across the city next year with deliveries of free furniture.

Lorraine Healey, manager of the store, said: “This will make a massive difference to vulnerable families.

“That is especially true after Christmas time when many have scrimped and saved to make sure their children get a present.”

Angela Powell, Diocese manager for CAFOD Hallam in Sheffield, based at St William of York Catholic Church on Ecclesall Road, said: “The students at All Saints School are hungry for change and we hope their actions will help to raise awareness and inspire others to call for change.

“The great thing is, we can all support a fairer food system by thinking more about what we eat, what we buy, and what we share.

“We can choose to buy locally sourced food, or fairly traded food.”

Over the next few months schools and communities across South Yorkshire will be taking part in the CAFOD campaign.

They will look at how the way food is grown, sold and shared out is not working for everybody in the world as many still go hungry.