Big-hearted pupils in food bank drive

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About -

Vol­un­teers at Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Food Bank have been left “stag­gered” by the hard work and gen­eros­ity of lo­cal chil­dren aged just six and seven years old.

Pupils of Bankhead Pri­mary School col­lected a wealth of food for the char­ity af­ter learn­ing about world hunger in their re­li­gious and moral ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme.

Keen to help the people they had been learn­ing about, the P2/3 class chil­dren de­cided to launch a food drive through­out the school for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Food­bank.

They in­vited a mem­ber of the or­gan­i­sa­tion to talk to them about their work.

Armed with this new in­for­ma­tion, they de­cided what the school should fo­cus on col­lect­ing and di­vided the main food items be­tween the classes through­out the rest of the school. And when the do­na­tions were col­lected on Fri­day, the P2/3 class sorted them and bagged them be­fore they were col­lected by the food bank to be taken to their ware­house and dis­trib­uted to lo­cal fam­i­lies.

Ian Robert­son, trea­surer of the food bank, said he was over­whelmed by the chil­dren’s en­thu­si­asm.

He said: “I was im­pressed by the ma­tu­rity and per­cep­tive na­ture of the chil­dren’s ap­proach to the is­sue and the ques­tions they asked in class.

“A month later I dropped in to col­lect the food the chil­dren had col­lected and I was stag­gered – lit­er­ally – by the quan­tity of food they had.

“With the back seats down and the front pas­sen­ger seat and footwell filled, the car was packed from floor to roof with their do­na­tions.”

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