Warwick District Foodbank is ready to hit the road - The Leamington Observer

Warwick District Foodbank is ready to hit the road

THE FOODBANK in Warwick district now has its own set of wheels.

Pupils at schools across Warwickshire raised over £9,000 to buy Warwick District Foodbank an electric van.

The fundraising effort was led by Warwick School’s Head of School, Joshua Turner with all the cash going towards a modern electric van to help the foodbank transport food more easily.

Seven schools in the Warwickshire area – Warwick Senior School, Warwick Junior School, Kings High School, The Kingsley School, Milverton Primary School, Warwick Preparatory School, and Westgate Primary School – took part.

The foodbank provides critical support to those struggling in the area, which is more important than ever given the worsening cost of living crisis. When Warwick School pupils spoke to people who work at the charity, a big limitation of their work was the fact they operate out of different locations each day, which means that food often has to be left for a week in one of their distribution hubs, resulting in these supplies not reaching the people who need them.

This led to the idea to fundraise to buy the foodbank a van, so that it can move this food between its warehouse and hubs more easily.

Fundraising activities included Christmas jumper non-uniform days and donut sales.

Mr Turner said: “It was great to have a chance to thank everyone for all of their contributions to this project – 2022 showed just how generous everyone in the Warwick community is prepared to be and it is brilliant to have achieved such a tangible demonstration of this generosity, that we look forward to seeing around the town.

“This initiative went beyond the foundation, though, with support from the Warwick Rotary Club, as well as Milverton and Westgate Primary Schools. I think it is clear what a difference can be made when everyone comes together with the same purpose, and I really hope that this sets a precedent for more county-wide projects like this in the future.”


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