12th May 2020 — Last Monday, 93 boxes of food and 15 bags of nappies were delivered by UCS staff to the North Paddington Food Bank. UCS has worked with the food bank since 2016 but pupils, parents and staff were deeply concerned to learn last week that the food bank was endeavouring to support an extra 570 households during the Covid-19 lockdown. A drop-off point was organised outside the school’s sports centre, UCS Active, and, whilst taking care to follow social distancing rules, a steady stream of donations filled the boxes. The donations were delivered to the food bank by two UCS staff.
Mark Beard, Headmaster at UCS commented: “The food bank usually works with around 30 families so we were keen to try to help them cope in some way with the extra demand. We have been delighted with the response from the UCS community and the residents of Hampstead. It was wonderful to see our neighbours delivering groceries to the drop-off point and we estimate that at least a thousand meals were inside these boxes.”
James Quayle, manager of the North Paddington Food Bank, was equally pleased: “This single donation from the UCS community has allowed us to fully stock a new distribution point which will give families in NW1 and NW8 access to the food they so badly need. The number of donations to our food bank has decreased in comparison to the rise in demand and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this collection. We value our link with UCS and we hugely appreciate the vital support which the school and its community regularly gives us. Thank you.”
The school will continue to run a collection point for the food bank but this will now be located at the UCS Pre Prep which is located on College Crescent.