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Oakham School pupils make donation to Rutland Foodbank

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Pupils have donated nearly £1,000 worth of produce to a foodbank.

Children in the lower school at Oakham School were recently tasked with sourcing and choosing items that would benefit people using the foodbank.

These included tinned goods and non-perishables which were submitted to a representative of the Rutland Foodbank during the school’s 2021 lower school family harvest service.

Father Tim and Vyv from Rutland Foodbank and Oakham School pupils with some of the donated food
Father Tim and Vyv from Rutland Foodbank and Oakham School pupils with some of the donated food

The service was led by Father Tim Tregunno, chaplain at Oakham School, who reinforced to pupils and parents the importance of giving to those in need and the value of sourcing and contributing these items themselves.

Hymns were enjoyed during the service, as well as an interhouse scarecrow competition and a vegetable tower building challenge.

Ali Wainwright, of the Rutland Foodbank, said: “The Rutland Foodbank is part of a network of local organisations that support people in Rutland who, for whatever reason, are living in poverty. We are delighted to receive the harvest donations from the pupils of Oakham School.

“This is another example of community action to support those in need.”

She added: “All the donations will make a significant difference to our clients. Being able to eat enough will help them cope a little better with the challenges they face.”

The Rutland Foodbank, part of The Trussell Trust network, provides essential support offering nutritionally balanced emergency food and support seven days a week.

Fr Tim added: “We want to encourage our pupils to experience the value of thoughtful giving and the receipt challenge was a great way for them to go and think about what people might need, rather than just making a financial donation.

“It is fantastic to support Rutland Foodbank again and we appreciate all of the outstanding work they do for the community.”

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