Help for hungry families on menu for pupils

All Saints pupils with food for struggling families and the elderly.
All Saints pupils with food for struggling families and the elderly.

Big-hearted pupils at All Saints Secondary School have been ensuring struggling local families and the elderly don’t go hungry.

The youngsters have been dishing out hundreds of emergency food packages through their innovative 
community food initiative.

The whole school is involved in the project, led by a team of 67 pupils and history teacher Amanda Madden.

Emergency supplies served up include 130 winter food essentials to pensioners, 20 Christmas food parcels to the homeless and more than 100 tins of baby food.

There has been praise for the pilot scheme at the Scottish Parliament with MSP and former pupil Paul Martin raising a motion to congratulate the school for its efforts.

Scotland’s largest social landlord, the Wheatley Group, has now got on board and pledged financial support to the project.

Amanda said the pupil-led initiative was set up after the youngsters explored poverty in Social Science class and learned about the growth of food banks across the city.

They identified the people who they thought were most in need and organised food collections and distribution points through local churches and community centres.

Amanda said: “We have all been overwhelmed by the success of the initiative and the support we have received.

“The pupils wanted vulnerable people in their own community to benefit.”

“Distribution areas have included Barmulloch, Barlornock, some parts of Robroyston, Millerston, Blackhill and Springburn, up to Milton.”

As well as holding fund-raising activities, pupils from various departments, including media and drama, have produced adverts and films highlighting the work of the initiative.

Amanda said: “At first, pupils decided they wanted to help the elderly and families with young children.

“Now that we are more financially secure, we plan to start targetting other groups as well, including the long-term unemployed.”

As well as fund from the Wheatley Group, the initiative has received aid from the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

Upcoming fund-raising events include bagpacking at Asda in Robroyston next month where staff are also putting together a collection of food parcels for distribution.

Amanda added: “The pupils’ efforts have been fantastic. The project is good for pupils, good for the school and great for the community.”

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