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Pupils at Mellis Church of England Primary School praised for foodbank donations

Primary school children collected more than 150 items of foods in just two days in support of Waveney Foodbank.

As part of the annual harvest service at Mellis Church of England Primary School, pupils, parents and staff all brought in tinned and dried foodstuffs to donate to the food bank, a charity which is working to combat poverty and hunger.

Overall, a total of 111 tins and jars, and 54 packets of foods, like pasta and, rice were collected in two days, with the donations filling an entire four-wheeled baggage trolley, weighing 55kg.

Children from Mellis Primary School show off some of the donated goods. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Children from Mellis Primary School show off some of the donated goods. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Head of school Paul Ryle said: “It is really gratifying to see so much support for such a worthy charity.

“The school has been supporting Mellis Church’s involvement in Waveney Foodbank for years, and it is a really practical way for the children of the school to support those who are facing hardship.

“Our very youngest children also had the opportunity to present the food to our local vicar, the Rev Julia Lall, during our harvest service, and we look forward to supporting them again at Christmas.”

The school has been collecting foodstuffs in conjunction with St Mary’s Church for almost three years now. They generally supply around 35kg to 40kg of food three times a year.

The house captains of the school did the grand tally, before head boy Max Norton and head girl Millie Albery formally handed it to Karyn Wilkes, of the Waveney Trust on Friday.

“It’s a really good project,” said Millie. “It means that people who need it get that bit extra.”

Karyn Wilkes expressed her gratitude for the generous donation. “It is very much appreciated by families in need across the Waveney area,” she said.

Waveney Foodbank, based in Eye, is part of the Trussell Trust.

It has distribution centres in Diss, Harleston, Long Stratton, Bungay, Beccles and Halesworth.

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People can be referred to the foodbank from organisations including Citizens Advice.

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