Posted on 17 November 2017

Birmingham school donates to charity foodbank after seeing regions homeless

School council members from The Oaklands Primary School in Acocks Green paid a visit to Trident Reach’s foodbank and learned how their donation, from the school’s harvest collection, will help people the charity support.

Trident Reach’s Customer Engagement Officer, Marie Calder, congratulated and thanked the youngsters and said the food they had provided will help many vulnerable people in the charity’s services this winter.

The charity is bracing itself for the knock-on effect from the national implementation of Universal Credit. With many customers the charity supports seeing up to a 6 week wait for their first benefit payment, the foodbank has seen a sharp rise in requests for emergency food parcels.

Gurpreet, the school’s Head Girl, called for the collection after seeing homeless people in the community and wanted to help. She said: “I see homeless people when I’m outside and want to help. It makes me think that I have all this food when I get home and they have none, it’s not fair. We researched for a local charity that had a foodbank and read more about Trident Reach. Students, parents and staff took part in the collection and it took us five days to collect everything.”

Natalie O'Brien, Vice Principal at The Oaklands Primary School, said: “The school council decided they wanted to do a food donation and we were overwhelmed with the amount of support and generosity of the parents. The children really enjoyed seeing how the food would help those most vulnerable within the local community.

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please speak to a member of the Homeless team by calling 0121 226 5832. If you would like information on how you can donate towards Trident Reach's foodbank, please contact Marie Calder on 0121 226 5800 or mariec@tridentreach.org.uk 

For more information, please visit tridentreach.org.uk