Supporting Portsmouth Foodbank
Author: Jayne Mills.
21st Febuary 2022.
We are proud to announce that Mayville has pledged to support Portsmouth Foodbank, alongside our existing partnerships in the local community with St Simon's Church and Portsmouth Reverse Advent Calendar.
Every day, people in the UK go hungry for a variety of reasons but just a small box of food can make a huge difference to those in need. Foodbanks supply emergency provision to families in crisis and the demand on their services is increasingly high during the current economic climate and squeeze on living expenses.
Portsmouth Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s national network, working to tackle food poverty and hunger across the UK. The initiative actively supports 39% of those on low income, here in Portsmouth, who struggle with juggling to pay bills and feed themselves and their families. Research highlights that eating a nutritionally balanced diet has a significant bearing on children's mood, attention span and capacity for learning. At Mayville, we feel that it is important for us to do what we can to help, in support of all children having the opportunity to eat healthily and benefit from the best experience of their time at school.
How does it work?
With the rise in popularity of click & collect / home delivery grocery shopping, along with the significant increase in the number of families needing to access their services, Portsmouth Foodbank are in short supply of the following items, which are essential to them being able to provide their 'three day' food packs:
- Tinned tomatoes
- Tinned soup
- Longlife milk & juices
- Tinned fruit
Starting from Monday 28th February 2022, we will be organising weekly donations to the Portsmouth Foodbank. Collection boxes will be held in both the Senior & Junior Libraries, with one or two pupils from each tutor group or class responsible for taking their donations to the collection point each Monday.
We are asking staff and parents, wherever possible, to simply add a single item from the list above to your weekly shop and send it into school on a Monday. We know that Mayville parents and staff have always been incredibly supportive on previous occasions and we call on that same spirit of generosity, to provide essential ongoing support to those in need in our local community.