During July, a team of students from the National Citizen Service completed their social action project with our foodbank.
On July 14th they visited to learn about the foodbank (how it works, who comes, why foodbanks are needed in the 21st century) and try their hand at sorting / storing donating food in our warehouse.
A preliminary planning visit on July 19th led to an action day on July 24th when they prepared toiletry packs for food parcel recipients. Funds, raised doing a sponsored walk and a Dragon’s Den style pitch to NCS organisers, were used to purchase essential toiletries. Each toiletry pack was accompanied by a message of hope and encouragement written by the students. In total, they made packs for eleven men, ten ladies and ten families.
Finally, on July 25th they organised a ‘Raising Awareness’ day at various sites in Bradford.
Team Perham were a pleasure to work with and we hope each student has gained an insight into the Trussell Trust foodbank network and the benefits of voluntary action within their local community.