School fighting child hunger with FareShare food recognised at industry awards

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22 January 2019

A Liverpool school which uses FareShare food to provide nutritious meals for pupils has been recognised at the Educate Awards, the largest education industry awards in the North West.

Northwood Community Primary School was awarded the Community Partnership Award for its extensive meal provision, using quality, surplus food provided by FareShare Merseyside to cook two hot, healthy meals each day for all pupils, regardless of home circumstances.

Thanks to the membership with FareShare, Northwood is now providing a more diverse and exciting menu – with all of the school’s 500 pupils regularly enjoying parma ham, olives and gravlax before returning to their afternoon lessons.

After realising some pupils were arriving to school in the morning with an empty stomach, the school launched a breakfast programme to offer pupils the opportunity to access a healthy breakfast of cereal, juices and bagels all for free, ensuring classes have a positive, proper start to the day.

Northwood Primary describes the combined effect, and importance, of its community partnership with organisations such as FareShare as immeasurable. The school offering all pupils, no matter their circumstances, two free, quality meals per day has resulted in their behaviour improving, with pupils more settled and ready to learn in lessons.

More importantly, the school, and FareShare, believe no child should ever go hungry. Many families in Northwood struggle financially, with 48 percent of children in the borough living in poverty - but thanks to the school’s partnership with FareShare, those financial pressures are significantly alleviated for families of pupils attending.

Jason Hollywood, Headteacher of Northwood, said: “It is heartwarming that the backing and the community partnerships are able to significantly affect the quality of life of our 500 brilliant pupils, day-in and day-out. Huge congratulations must go to the teams at school for their hard work on these initiatives”.

Kirsty Walsh, Development Manager at FareShare Merseyside, said: “Northwood Primary is dedicated to supporting the needs of not only its pupils but also their families and the wider community, so it’s really encouraging to see their efforts to tackle child hunger recognised in the region.

“The sad reality is that one in eight people in the UK currently struggle to afford to eat, but by accessing and redistributing perfectly edible surplus food to amazing organisations such as Northwood, FareShare is working tirelessly to address the issue – to create a lasting impact in reducing food waste and tackling food insecurity.

"We know there is demand for more of our vital support in the area, which is why all donations to FareShare - no matter how small - are so important. Just £5 enables FareShare to provide 20 meals for children at a school breakfast club, so every penny can make a real difference."

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