As part of our broader curriculum, at Woodford Primary School, we have held a Food Bank Challenge. These opportunities are significant in developing our pupils understanding of the wider world.

This project raises the awareness of the universal children’s rights, particularly;
Article 13 – Children have the right to share freely with others what they learn, think and feel, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms other people.
Article 24 – Children have the right to the best health care possible, clean water to drink, healthy food and a clean and safe environment to live in. All adults and children should have information about how to stay safe and healthy.
We had a volunteer from our local parish church, Christchurch, come to our assembly and explain to the children what a food bank is and why they are needed.  She also read the story, ‘It’s a No Money Day’ by Kate Milner and donated the book to us, so we could delve deeper in our individual classes with discussions.
Child Reading 'No Money Day' and image of food that was donated.
We are overwhelmed with the generosity from our school community in response to this and are very grateful to everyone who has already donated items. One parent commented: “It’s also given me a great idea that on our birthdays we should give a donation of some sort to remind ourselves how lucky we are. Nice new tradition!”
We hope to make this an annual event, however, families in Woodford can continue to support the Hope Handforth Food Bank, by dropping donations off at Christchurch if they wish to do so.