As the second national lock down came to an end, Wey Valley Academy reached out to the local community by holding a ‘pop-up’ food bank.

The concept started as a small project where students were asked if possible to donate non-perishable food items in order to make up food parcels for a local food bank. Wey Valley students were amazing in rising to the challenge. One Year 8 used her own money to purchase a box full of supplies while a Year 9 tutor group pulled together to collect an incredible amount of food. It didn’t take long for the donations to accumulate into a collection large enough to stock a small shop.

As a result of this it was decided to hold a pop-up food bank at Wey Valley. The news spread quickly with The Nest Community shop and Littlemoor food bank supporting the venture, while Lidl’s donated two large pallets of food and drink items. A wonderful group of Year 10 students volunteered their time to set up and run the food bank, taking a couple of hours just to lay out the food stations which filled the school hall. Members of the community were welcomed and encouraged to take a range of items to fill their food cupboards.

It has been humbling to witness the kindness of Wey Valley students and parents with this venture, and I would like to make a public ‘Thank you’ to The Nest, Littlemoor food bank and Lidl’s for their incredible generosity.

Harry Aplin and Will Barnard Distributing food at the Wey Valley Food Bank