Children showed great curiosity when we took food to St Andrews Church for Harvest Festival in Term 1. They asked lots of important questions so we contacted Rutland Foodbank to see if we could visit to find out about the rest of the story.
We were invited by Mrs Johnson, the person who set up the foodbank in Oakham to go and see them. When we arrived, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Branagh were there to greet us. We split into two groups - one group to go and pack a bag of food for a family with Mrs Johnson and one group to stay with Mrs Branagh in the cosy reception area to talk about the foodbank and why it is here. The room that we packed the food bag in was stacked with lots of different types of food in crates. We had a list of items to put in the bag which we had to find. The foodbank has surplus supplies of baked beans, cereal and pasta at the moment so every time one of those items came on the list to find we had to shout 'double' because families got double the amount they would normally get - good fun. We chatted about what went in the bag and what sort of meals could be made from it. Whilst we were with Mrs Branagh we talked about why people need food and some of the reasons why some families might not have enough money to buy some. Mrs Branagh answered lots of questions!
We had a brilliant time and the visit has helped us understand the importance of the foodbank in Oakham.
Don't forget to add an item to the collection boxes at the local supermarkets!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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