26 September 2014

Dear Parents

Harvest 2014 – Trussell Trust, Billingham Foodbank

Our Harvest Festival will take place in St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday 7tht October at 9:15am.

Last year, with the aid of your generosity, Red House School supported Billingham Foodbank. We were able to donate 357.5 kg of food to those in need in our local community.

The year 11 pupil charity committee have chosen to continue to support Billingham Foodbank this year 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.’

To help the Trust reach the most in need in our local community we are asking this year for a more ‘traditional’ Harvest Festival donation of foodstuffs, to be brought in during the week 29th September – 7th October. 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

Rice pudding (tinned)

Tea Bags/instant coffee

Instant mash potato

Rice/pasta

Tinned meat/fish

Tinned fruit

Jam

Biscuits or snack bar

The food will be collected on Friday 10th 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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