School sets up its own foodbank

A school has sealed a tasty deal by setting up a foodbank with the help of a supermarket.

Community champion Carla Taylor from Morrison's in Shrewsbury with Coleham Primary School deputy head Tom Larkham
Community champion Carla Taylor from Morrison's in Shrewsbury with Coleham Primary School deputy head Tom Larkham

Coleham Primary School, in Shrewsbury, is supplying the service after Morrison’s in Harlescott set up an initiative to help families in need.

Morrisons introduced foodbank parcels for customers to buy and donate at the checkout.

Food banks are often overwhelmed by products such as rice and pasta and short of other items that people actually need, so the parcels contain a mix of items.

The store’s community champion Carla Taylor distributes the donations to food banks but was keen to set up a scheme in schools to help those families in need and to cut out the additional administration.

She said: “I was inspired by some colleagues in the North East.

“I know from working with foodbanks in Shrewsbury they are often constrained by storage space and volunteers so to have schools run this service to their families makes sense.”

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