Staff and students from The Academy Grimsby recently held a non-uniform day to raise money to buy food for Christian Action Resource Enterprise (CARE) Daily Bread Food Larder, Grimsby’s own food bank.
CARE provide an emergency food parcel service to those in need in the local area and, like all food banks across the country, they have seen a massive increase in the use of their services. Nationally, over 938,000 people last year were provided with emergency food, this saw an increase of over 100% on the previous year.
The Grimsby Institute’s Chaplain, Reverend Chris Davies, explained: “There has been a huge increase of food poverty in the UK in recent years. We feel that it’s important to support those who are less well off than ourselves and collecting food is a simple way of helping people in our community who are struggling in these hard times that we are facing at the moment.
“When I took the last collection over to the food larder on Freeman Street, they were overwhelmed that the students had managed to collect so much food, which just goes to show the community atmosphere that there is at the Academy at the moment.”
Fourteen-year-old Callum Firth, who is currently studying for an Engineering qualification alongside his GCSEs at The Academy Grimsby, said: “I want to work on the oil refineries when I’m older an I love being at the Academy and getting the chance to do what I want to do.
“We all donated a pound on non-uniform day and then our Teachers went and bought the food, then we also bought food from home to add to it. Some people aren’t as fortunate as we are and they don’t have as much as we’ve got. Those who give get good stuff back.”
Wendy Jackson, Head Teacher of The Academy Grimsby, added: “I am very proud that our students have the care to do this and support the food bank. Every time we have a non-uniform day we will be supporting people who are less fortunate and disadvantaged in our community. I thank the students from the bottom of my heart.”