Westwood Day Nursery make festive food bank donation
Generous parents and practitioners from Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry have made a donation of essential food products and household items to the Coventry Food Bank to help local people who need it most over the Christmas period.
Following a record-rise in demand for items at food banks across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, families from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park kindly made socially-distanced contributions of ambient food products and seasonal treats such as selection boxes in an effort to ensure the charity is well-stocked to help those facing hardship during the festive season.
A recent statement from The Trussell Trust, who operate Coventry Food Bank explained;
“Our new research, carried out with Heriot Watt University, estimates 846,000 parcels will need to be provided by our network to people in crisis during October to December 2020 – a 61% increase on last year. An additional 670,000 people will be destitute by the end of the year, meaning they cannot afford essentials like housing, energy, and food.”
Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Carly Ward explained;
“The children all took part in decorating the boxes, packaging the food and making labels for the donations. We used the smart board to do some co-research with the children to give them an insight into what a food bank is and where the food would go once collected. We then arranged for the food bank volunteers to come to the nursery to pick up the items and the children were involved in loading this into the van, before waving the items off on their way. This was a great learning opportunity for them and also provided a great sense of achievement in helping a worthy cause.”
The Coventry Food Bank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the local area.