Posted on January 14th 2020
Collecting Food for Croydon Community Foodbank
Grace and Piotr, Year 8 journalists from Invictus Scroll, write about the academy's plan to collect food for Croydon Community Feedback.
Harris Invictus students are collecting food to donate to Croydon Community Foodbank in the term leading up to Christmas. This is taking place across the Academy, and every tutor group is competing to collect the most food items.
For those who don’t know, food banks are charities that hold stocks of food that has been kindly donated by volunteers to people who are in financial crisis
These donations are for people in difficult situations who need this food more than us such as the homeless, people who have had their benefits cut or just people who do not have a high paying job to provide enough food for their family.
Students started this donation drive after visitors from Croydon Community Foodbank came to present in assemblies over one week this half term. From them, we learnt what items the community really need. This includes tinned or canned food, pasta, cereal, as well as household items like baby products and toiletries (soap, shampoo and towels). As the cold season approaches, scarfs, hats and gloves are also welcome.
It is a wonderful feeling to feel that your helping someone else in their life.
‘People are usually grateful and are always thanking us when we see them on the streets’ Sinead Purser, one of the volunteers at the foodbank, told the Scroll, ‘It is a wonderful feeling to feel that your helping someone else in their life.’
Amatare Oki and Leo Akib, two other volunteers, told us that on the days their foodbank is open they usually see around 40-60 people.
‘It's very interesting being a volunteer,’ Leo told us, ‘We always enjoy talking to people and getting to know them and the situation they are in.’
Harris students are still competing to find out who the most generous tutor group and the most generous faculty will be! Keep your eyes on the Invicus Scroll to find out. If you would like to help us, please speak to Ms Davis for more information.
By Grace and Piotr, Year 8 students.