The Olive School, Hackney, launches foodbank to help vulnerable during coronavirus pandemic

Kind-hearted members of staff at The Olive School, Hackney have launched a foodbank to support vulnerable people as part of the Star Academies Coronavirus Appeal.

Kind-hearted members of staff at The Olive School, Hackney have launched a foodbank to support vulnerable people as part of the Star Academies Coronavirus Appeal.

Staff, pupils and parents have collected donations for the foodbank, which is operating out of the Star Family Hub at the school. The hub has been set up to help support the local community during the coronavirus crisis and will provide food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and stationery to those in need.

The foodbank is open between 9am-3pm, Monday to Thursday, at the school site at Hackney Community College and will provide help to those in need in the local community.

Pupils at the school have also been supporting members of the local community by writing letters of friendship to bring comfort to the elderly in local care homes and hospices.

Kimberley Barrett, Assistant Principal at The Olive School, Hackney, said:

“We are very proud of the work that our school is doing to help support the community during this difficult time.

“Our staff and parents are working incredibly hard so they can make a difference and we are grateful to them for supporting this charitable project.

“We will continue to offer help to those who need it most and would be grateful for any donations to help this appeal.”

The coronavirus fundraising appeal is just one of several initiatives that has been launched by Star Academies and its schools to help those facing difficulties in our local communities and to support parents and carers throughout the country.

A home learning helpline, StarLine, has been launched to help give practical education advice to parents and carers and a YouTube broadcast StarLive is broadcast weekly to help parents as they educate their children at home. For more information about Star Academies’ appeal and the charity pledges it has made to its pupils, parents, staff and school communities, please visit www.starcoronavirusappeal.org.

To help make a difference to local people who are in desperate need with a donation to the coronavirus charity appeal, please visit www.starcoronavirusappeal.org/donate.

To find out how we can support you, visit the Star coronavirus appeal website or contact your local Star Family Hub.