Schools feed thousands during ‘Food For All’ week
The generosity of Star Academies’ staff, pupils and families warmed the hearts of stricken communities and fed thousands of people during a special, week-long, ‘Food For All’ campaign.
The campaign formed part of Star’s Winter Festive Gift Programme, a significant annual event through which pupils and staff from the trust’s 29 schools collect donations, create gifts and volunteer their time to give practical and emotional support to thousands of people, young and old, during the festive season.
Providing parcels, time and care to those in shelters, hospitals and residential homes is one way in which schools show that they are about so much more than academic excellence.
In 2020, the devastating impact of Covid-19 meant that uniting people by showing care and compassion was more valuable than ever. Recognising the unprecedented scale of need, the trust expanded its festive programme dramatically with an ambitious drive to provide 50,000 meals to the communities served by its schools.
During the first week of December, the trust’s ‘Food for All’ campaign provided hot meals and food parcels to record numbers of people living in its schools’ localities. The pandemic has placed huge additional demand on food banks, while the rise in loneliness is another terrible consequence of life lived in isolation in 2020. This year’s special campaign was about much more than putting food on plates. Star Academies has fed people’s spirits as well as providing nutrition. The care and support from teams of pupils, staff and parents who have taken over school kitchens to put their culinary skills to the test has been inspiring. Experiencing the joy of giving has been as enriching as their neighbours’ comfort in receiving delicious meals.
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Schools have worked together with local charities to ensure that their donations make a difference. Partnerships with the Salvation Army in Coventry, Night Safe in Blackburn, and Six Ways Accommodation in Birmingham are just three examples of civic leadership through collaborative effort.
(Mufti) Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, described the ‘Food For All’ campaign as hugely important during a year which had caused untold suffering for many. He said:
“Our pupils and staff worked with exceptional commitment to this cause and, as a result, helped to alleviate suffering for thousands of people across the country.
“To be able to deliver 50,000 hot meals and food parcels in the space of just one week is an incredible achievement and one that has required a huge amount of dedication and hard work from everyone involved. At Star Academies, we actively nurture our pupils to develop a deep sense of community and social responsibility by participating in a rich and diverse leadership programme that grows character and inspires charitable and social action. Food For All is just one element of our annual Festive Winter Gift Programme, which sees our schools unite to spread festive cheer to the most vulnerable members of our communities. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the campaign in this important year and, in doing so, helped to make a huge difference to people in need.”
Added By: Star Academies | Date Added: 15th Dec 2020 | Posted In: Latest News