The Academy receives a delivery of good quality fresh and frozen food from FareShare Midlands every week during term-time. In addition, to help more families, they perform a daily collection of Ocado food 7 days a week. The Ocado collections can vary from 1 bag to 25 bags – so, together with the FareShare deliveries, there can be a huge amount of food to sort, store and utilise. The staff make the best use of each item, including freezing portions of meat for distribution at a later date.
There is a food bank on each of the two Academy sites, with one open on Thursdays and one on Fridays. Furthermore, to ensure every foodstuff is used, items such as tea and coffee are occasionally utilised to boost staff wellbeing. And at this time of year, a few of the supplies are collected into hampers to be given as presents or prizes for parents and pupils.
Ben Erskine (Principle) and Sam Smee (Operations & Business Leader) are committed to growing the ways the Academy can help redistribute surplus food, while feeding pupils and local families in need. Staff have shown their support by participating selflessly in all the activities needed to run the operation successfully.
Ben said “Thanks to our incredible partnership with FareShare Midlands we have been able to do more to support our whole school community through recent difficult times and into the future”.
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