Many Star Family Hubs have responded to the crisis by establishing foodbanks. The foodbanks give local families and vulnerable people more options in terms of selecting items they needed and gaining face-to-face support. Our foodbanks reported that their banks were well used and demand increased as the pandemic continued. The foodbanks each required a high-level of organisation to meet the needs of a growing population of people who had suddenly been plunged into food poverty.
In Bolton, the foodbank run by Eden Boys’ School, Bolton and The Olive School, Bolton helped almost 350 families from the local community in just under two months. The foodbank, which was in place before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, helped a record 69 families in one day. Staff at the foodbank talked of their desire to help families who were struggling due to the wider economic and social effects of the coronavirus. Thanks to the generosity of its kind supporters the foodbank was able to help struggling families with everything they needed from basic meals to nappies, soap and washing powder.
Our Star Family Hubs in Bradford rallied to the Star Academies Appeal by creating several well stocked foodbanks. At Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy staff have helped 135 families in need since it opened. Staff have been working hard to collect donations for the foodbank, which is operating out of the Star Family Hub at the school and provides food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and stationery to those in need. The foodbank is run by school staff who open the bank every Wednesday and Thursday.
Staff at the foodbank run by Laisterdyke Leadership Academy and Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy were overwhelmed by the generosity of their colleagues, pupils, parents and local and national businesses who have all helped to support the good cause. Staff were grateful to receive donations from Mibelle, The Hygiene Bank, Hovis, Princes Food, Britvic, The Foodbank Bradford, FareShare and Morrisons. The well organised system for donations meant that the foodbank was able to maintain a wide range of goods to help families and vulnerable individuals who were struggling in the area.
At High Crags Leadership Academy staff prided themselves on delivering a personal and friendly service to visitors to their foodbank. The local area had seen many people struggling financially during lockdown and staff at the school were keen to help. Each week, members of the team reached out to people visiting the Hub to ensure that they had everything they needed. Thanks to support from FareShare, a UK based food charity, the foodbank is now receiving a delivery of a tonne of food a week to help keep their foodbank stocked.