Dear Parents

Harvest 2015 – Trussell Trust, Billingham Foodbank

Our Harvest Festival will take place in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 30th September at 9:15am.

Last year, with the aid of your generosity, Red House School supported Billingham Foodbank. We were able to donate a significant amount of food to those in need in our local community.  This year we have chosen to continue to support Billingham Foodbank as part of our Harvest celebrations. The Trussel Trust is a Christian charity, which operates food banks all over the country.  They provide assistance to people of all backgrounds, and all faiths or none, who are found to be in genuine need.

‘The Trussell Trust works to empower local communities to combat poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria. We work with the people that society forgets, providing practical help through sustainable projects and enabling each person to realise that they are valued.  We operate according to Christian principles of compassion, honesty, integrity, openness, kindness and care of all people, regardless of backgrounds or beliefs. We believe in turning faith into practical action, living out God’s love for the poor.  We serve people of all faith groups and beliefs or none. We are passionate about inclusion and being non-judgemental is central to what we do. We believe that everyone has the right to have food on their plate, dignity, skills, a chance to work and hope for the future.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.  In 2012-13 foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide. Of those helped, 126,889 were children.’

Below is a list of the Trusts most needed items:

Milk (UHT or powdered)

Sugar (500g)

Fruit juice (carton)

Soup

Pasta sauces

Sponge pudding (tinned)

Tomatoes (tinned)

Cereals

Instant mash potato

Rice/pasta

Tinned meat/fish

Tinned fruit

Jam

Biscuits or snack bar

Rice pudding (tinned)

Tea Bags/instant coffee

Washing powder

Washing up liquid

Shampoo

Conditioner

Shower Gel

Toothpaste

The food will be collected on Friday 2nd October.  You can also donate online at http://www.trusselltrust.org/donate

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L M Roberts

Head of Religious Studies

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