Pupils do their bit to help Foodbank help others

Pupils at 11 Hemel Hempstead schools have been supporting a mass donation drive for the Dacorum Foodbank project.

The bumper collection for the charity, run by the home-grown DENS homelessness charity, was organised by Gade Schools Family Support.

Dacorum schools Foodbank collection

Dacorum schools Foodbank collection

The Foodbank has seen a surge in demand over the last year, helping more than 2,500 people who would have otherwise gone hungry, of whom nearly 1,000 were children.

Foodbank manager Sharon Boyall said: “Collections like this are vital for the Foodbank to be able to continue being able to support local people when they are faced with a crisis. I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of the DENS team for the support we are receiving from the schools taking part in the project”.

Gade Schools Family Support provides families in their partnership of schools with support on many different issues from bullying to bereavement and internet safety to substance abuse.

Manager Rhona Anderson said: “As Foodbank voucher holders we have seen first hand the impact a Foodbank food parcel can have on local families in crisis so it has been great to work with our schools and their families to contribute to such a worthwhile cause”.

The eleven schools collected just under 1300kg of food which will provide emergency food for 184 people. For more information on DENS Dacorum Foodbank visit www.DENS.org.uk or call 01442 250969.