Together the 3,900 pupils and over 300 staff members of Pontefract Academies Trust collected 315kg of food which has been donated to Pontefract Food Bank. The amount collected is enough to create 21 food packages for those in need within the local community.
Pontefract Food Bank which is based at Central Methodist Church, Newgate, Pontefract are delighted to have the support of Pontefract Academies Trust as they’re urgently needing items such as tinned tuna, tinned meats, tinned potatoes, carrots and large size nappies to name just some of the products on their list.
CEO at Pontefract Academies Trust, Julian Appleyard OBE said: “We initially started helping the food bank at the start of the pandemic and it was so heart warming to see just how much support we received from all the staff within Pontefract Academies Trust. We then decided to cast our net out even further and ask our school communities to support this initiative and we’ve been overwhelmed by their support. We can all do our bit to help the local community and it’s fantastic to see all of our schools coming together to support this worthwhile cause.”
Paul Levey, volunteer at the food bank said: “We are so grateful to all the children, parents, teachers and staff at Pontefract Academies Trust for continuing to support us. More than ever we’re seeing people coming to our doors asking for basic food provisions that most of us take for granted. It really is thanks to the generosity of people such as Pontefract Academies Trust that we can continue our mission to make sure that no one in our town is left hungry.”