Our Food Bank:
As a school community and being part of God's family, the children of St. Paul's R.C. Primary School understand the importance of looking after others ( both adults and children) who are less fortunate than themselves.
For this reason, the Caritas Ambassadors suggested that we try our best to help those people in poverty who are unable to feed either themselves sufficiently or their families. The Ambassadors decided to reach out to the local foodbank and ask if there was any way in which they could help. Blackburn foodbank asked the children if they would be able to collect tins or packets of food which could then be distributed between the needy families of Blackburn and its surrounding areas.
To aid the school, they were provided with a food collection point which we placed at the entrance of our building. The Ambasadors then held an assembly to promote their wonderful idea. Whilst the initial period was hugely successful, the amount of food being collected was beginning to dwindle but the Ambassadors were not prepared to be halted in their quest to help others.
It was decided that the way the food for the foodbank was collected should be changed, so the Caritas Ambassadors introduced class food boxes. Each class was provided with a large box and challenged to collect as much food as possible on a weekly basis. The class that collected the most items over the week enjoyed an extra 5 minutes playtime whenever they chose to take it.
This competition between classes has had a major impact and the collection point is over-flowing with tins and packets on a weekly basis. It is so wonderful to see the children and families of St. Paul's taking such a fantastic cause to their hearts and helping those that need it the most.
Our work for 2020 -2021:
November: Advent Foodbank collection:
The Ambassadors sent out a parentmail at the end of November explaining that Advent is a special time for them to re-connect with their special mission, putting Caritas in action within their community.
The local Foodbank was at the forefront of their minds and had been in touch with them to find out what items they needed.
We began our first HOPE collection and had 282 items by the end of the week.
It was truly heartwarming to see the children and their families bring carrier bags full of food and placing them in the food basket.
At the end of the FAITH collection we counted 123 items - total of items now had reached 446.
The collection ended on 18th December - final count - 556 food and non-food items.
The Foodbank were overwhelmed with our efforts. They had explained that they were putting Christmas hampers together for vulnerable families and what an amazing difference this would make.
We are so proud of our St.Paul's family and how we come together to make a difference especially at this unprecedented time.
The Caritas Ambassadors have collected 529 items of food and £9.50 in money during the week of Harvest 5th-9th October.
They stood outside (with their face shields on) at the end of the school day and collected food items in their special boxes, prepared by themselves. They were passionate and proud to be putting their faith into action as the local Foodbank was in their hearts and minds. We are so proud of their achievements especially at this unprecedented time.