Pupils get taste of the tough life

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

Four teenagers who took on a chal­lenge to raise aware­ness of their lo­cal food­bank de­scribed it as a “real eye-opener”.

The Peter­head Academy pupils de­cided to only eat ket­tle-cooked food for a week as part of their Youth and Phi­lan­thropy Ini­tia­tive (YPI) Scot­land project.

They hope the chal­lenge, which was de­signed not only to raise aware­ness of Peter­head’s food­bank but also vi­tal funds, will help them win the char­ity a prize of £3,000.

Chelsea Suther­landThom, Zoe McKes­sick, Anna McAus­lan, all 16, and Sanija Gorodko, 15, ate only items usu­ally given out in emer­gency food parcels.

But the girls found lim­it­ing them­selves to

“Some peo­ple sur­vive eat­ing like this af­ter get­ting help”

meals of por­ridge, in­stant noo­dles and “slightly crunchy” in­stant pasta to be a steep learn­ing curve.

Chelsea added: “Some peo­ple sur­vive eat­ing like this af­ter get­ting help from the foodbanks.

“If I was in that po­si­tion there would also be a lot of men­tal and fi­nan­cial fac­tors so it would be hard, but hav­ing food of some sort would be good.”

As part of the project, the team es­tab­lished food col­lec­tion points at the school, in Dales Park and at Hughes, Mac­Don­ald and David­son op­ti­cians.

The girls also plan to raise funds by help­ing out at the Methodist Church but­tery morn­ing on November 17 and at the Dales Park Christ­mas fair on November 24.

Do­na­tions can be made at the food­bank which is open on Mon­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days be­tween 11am and 1pm or by con­tact­ing the YPI Peter­head Food­bank fundrais­ing page on Face­book.

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