Harvest Festival is that time of year where all schools turn their focus to food and supporting those who need it most. We have been lucky enough to collect donations from 24 schools with an incredible 7,545kgs of food received which will be hugely appreciated by our network of 350 local charities this Christmas.
We’ve been working with schools across West Sussex and Hampshire since September, providing support and educational material around the issues of food waste and sharing the work of UKHarvest. Our Education team have delivered a number of assemblies at schools to engage the children and inspire them to become Food Waste Warriors. This term has been an incredible chance to work with different schools, meet new teachers and pupils, and to show everyone how simple changes can make a big difference to planet and local communities. One of these amazing schools was Felpham Community College, who gave a huge donation drive made up of donations from both students and staff!
We were delighted to be asked to partner with The Regis School in Bognor again this year as part of their annual Food Drive event which saw their team of ambassadors collecting food into their tutor groups and then coming together to share what has been donated. Thanks must go to all the team at The Regis School who helped create the incredible world map of food to inspire all of us to tackle food waste on a local and global level. The children were so enthusiastic mapping out the continents in different food groups, and it really illustrated how every bag of pasta can help sustain those who are hungry this Winter.
Food security has become even more of an issue this year on the back of the pandemic and with rising food costs, and UKHarvest is here to ensure that no one goes hungry. Our vans work daily as we continue to rescue and redistribute surplus food across the South, however we are in constant need of additional food to support those most vulnerable this Winter. We are incredibly thankful to all the schools who have supported us this harvest season!