School pupils have been getting into the harvest spirit and dontaing food parcels across Leyland.
Balshaw’s CE High School got behind the town’s food bank during its harvest season, which is operated by Leyland Churches Together from St Mary’s Church.
School Chaplain Sarah Ferguson said: “Sadly, the need for food banks is increasing and food banks are accessed by large numbers of people who struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table. This year, Balshaw’s collected a huge amount of food in support of the food bank as part of our Harvest Festival collection.
“Following our harvest service, where we were joined by representatives from the food bank, the food was delivered to St Mary’s where it will be packaged up and distributed to those in need.”
She added: “Two of our Year 8 pupils, Harry Mote and Marcus Van Den Berg, visited the food bank and were able to have a look around to see where the food is sorted ready to be given out. They also learnt about the furniture van – old furniture is collected and given to those who need it as they start in new homes.”
Speaking about the food bank, Marcus said: “It helps the local community by providing food to those who need it and everyone works together to help others.”
Harry added: “It’s great that it can help people get back on their feet and the furniture van project can help homeless people get new homes too.”
Balshaw’s Gardening Club also contributed to the harvest collection, by goriwng kale, carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic, which were taken down to residents at Chestnut Court retirement accomodation in Leyland.
Meanwhile, toddlers from Sceptre Nursery have helped donate more than nine charity baskets to Leyland families as part of an annual harvest festival food drive, with the help of pupils from Wellfield High School.
Parents and staff at the Bamber Bridge-based nursery, along with employees from the Eric Wright Group, donated non-perishable items such as cans, dried food and cakes, as well as toiletries and accessories, to create hampers for the local community. At the end of the four-week campaign, more than 100 items had been collected.
Bev Yates, pastoral manager at Wellfield, said: “We would like to thank Sceptre Nursery for involving us with their harvest collection. They have had a fantastic response which will really make a difference to local families.”