Devizes foodbank receives a Christmas boost from St John’s students

Written by Sue Round on .

St John's Food Bank boxes awaiting collectionSt John's Food Bank boxes awaiting collectionYear 8 students at St. John’s have been busy collecting items to be donated to the Devizes Foodbank.  After an assembly informing the students of the work of The Trussell Trust, the students decided to run what they have called a reverse advent calendar.

Starting on Monday 4 December, three students in each tutor group in Year 8 have placed items in a food box.  On Wednesday 20 December  the filled boxes were collected by Devizes Foodbank which is part of The Trussell Trust.

Dean Evans, head of Year 8 told,“The main aim of this was to allow students to think about those in need this Christmas, a time of year where we are encouraged to think about ourselves and family.  People are often in the most need at this time of year, yet the reality is that their needs are furthest from many people’s thoughts at this time.”

“The hope this year is that by completing the reverse advent that students will reflect on this over a longer period and extend the notion of 'giving'.”

“We have selected Devizes food bank over the last 2 years as they distribute food parcels to many of the catchment areas surrounding school.  The students, parents and staff were very generous and the collection required the Foodbank van to make two trips.”

Molly Hudson, Head of media and external affairs at The Trussell Trust charity says,“December is always the busiest month for food banks.  There’s a massive spike every year – December is 50% busier than every other month – and January is also high.”

“These are months during which a lot of families on low incomes pay a ‘poverty premium’, says Hodson. “Winter is just a much harder time for people living in poverty, especially if they’re on pre-payment meters for their gas and electricity. A lot of people end up making choices between eating and heating their home.”