Children from Holy Cross School with some of the festive treats given to Sharon Burt of Uckfield Foodbank.

Holy Cross schoolchildren collect chocolate for Uckfield Foodbank

Holy Cross Primary School children have given Christmas treats to Uckfield Foodbank for distribution to families in poverty.

Nearly 24% of families in the Uckfield area are living on less than £316 a week making Christmas treats difficult to afford and so the foodbank is planning to give out items not on their normal basic food list.

Holy Cross Primary School has donated selection boxes, chocolate biscuits, tubs of sweets and chocolates.

And last month the school also donated enough food, at their Harvest Festival service, to provide 335 meals for Uckfield people with financial problems.

Mrs Debbie Rowland, inclusion leader at Holy Cross School said: “I am very proud of the children in our school and their parents, who when we asked for donations for families in need this Christmas surpassed my expectations with the treats they brought into school.

“Donating these treats has shown the children that something as simple as a selection box can be a luxury to someone else.

“Our school motto is Compassion, Enthusiasm, Excellence and Respect and with their generosity our children have proved once again that they believe in and fulfil that motto every day.”

Uckfield Foodbank administrator Sharon Burt said: “Collecting and donating food helps children to understand there are families in need, that not everyone has a nice life.

“The foodbank would like to thank the children of Holy Cross Primary for their support during the christmas period. We really appreciate it.”

• Uckfield Foodbank provides families experiencing financial difficulties with three days of nutritionally balanced meals.

• Donations of ‘luxury’ items including chocolates, sweets, selection boxes and biscuits which can be given as an extra treat will be welcomed. They can be taken to the Bird in Eye GP surgery, Lloyds Bank or one of the many churches in and around Uckfield who have collection points.

Find more information on the Uckfield Foodbank website.

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