Students help to feed the needy

PUBLISHED: 08:07 15 January 2015 | UPDATED: 08:07 15 January 2015

Colyton Grammar Students from tutor group 10 Oak, pictured with some of the donated food items

Colyton Grammar Students from tutor group 10 Oak, pictured with some of the donated food items

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Colyton Grammar School youngsters collect a 1,344 items for Exeter Foodbank

Students at Colyton Grammar School have been praised for helping to feed the needy over the recent holidays.

Youngsters from Oak House tutor group gathered hundreds of items to pass on to the Exeter Foodbank in the run up to Christmas and the new year.

The annual appeal, this time organised by Todd Olive from year 11, is in its eighth year.

A total of 1,344 items was donated – far more than the 1,000 item target which the students had set themselves.

Foodbank representative Pete Scott went to the school to collect the donations at the end of December.

He said: “This donation equates to the amount which is given away each week by the Food bank – nearly a 50th of what we’ll give out this year. We would once again like to thank the Colyton community for their help.”

Later, the school was sent an official thank you, which read: “Exeter Food bank thanks all the children, parents and staff who so generously donated food towards the Christmas collection. It all weighed in at a grand 537.6kg. The food collected will make a very real difference to many people’s lives in Exeter.”

● The Exeter Foodbank is an organisation that provides three days of emergency food supplies to those in crisis who cannot afford to put food on the table. In the past 12 months, 3,981 were helped - a significant 38 per cent rise on the previous financial year. Organisers say that, despite signs of economic recovery in the country, the poorest have seen incomes squeezed and more people are being referred to food banks than ever before.

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