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Food for Children and Families....

Thank you to all of the Parents and Staff who have offered to pay for food for children on free school meals in our school over the half term holiday, following the widely publicised decision made by the Government last week not to do so. You are all truly wonderful people. I mean you people, not the Government, obviously! In the first instance, we are are happy that the children this applies to in our school will be able to eat this week, but this is an ever changing situation for many families. Please, if any of you are struggling to eat (not just the children but you as a family,) please let me know. We will get provisions to you immediately and when we are back in school, arrange for children to at least have breakfast and lunch free of charge.

There are also lots of restaurants and cafes that are offering free food over the holiday that you can literally ring up and collect any time you need to: perhaps we can start a list on here? I know the Lawnswood Arms is doing this and you will all be aware of many more.

What we collected last week for Harvest Festival last week will have all gone now and will need to be replaced. To this end, Mr Chapman and I will be in school on WEDNESDAY 28th OCTOBER between 3-4pm taking donations of goods for the food bank . This will be distributed to families in need in Meanwood through the Three Churches Project. If you know of anybody who would benefit, please let us know.
A typical food parcel from the Food Bank  includes:

Cereal
Soup
Pasta
Rice
Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
Lentils, beans and pulses
Tinned meat
Tinned vegetables
Tea/coffee
Tinned fruit
Biscuits
UHT milk
Fruit juice
Many food banks also provide essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products.

If you would rather send money, you can always donate to FareShare or direct to the Trussell Trust, which organises the food banks. I know that many football clubs are also organising donations to their own Supporter led food banks instead of people paying £15 for a pay per view game on Sky or BT. This raised £150,000 from the Leeds and Liverpool games this weekend.

Doing nothing is not an option. Donated food is only a sticking plaster on a gaping wound in society but this is something we can very easily do.  We care - and this is how we show it. Thank you, yet again,for your kindness and compassion.  John 13;35.

Helen Eagles

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