16th October 2020 — Last week, the pupils, parents and staff of University College School in Hampstead donated over three tonnes of groceries to North Paddington Food Bank. The school has supported the food bank since 2016. Back then, members of one form group organised the collection after being inspired by a discussion around food poverty and the Ken Loach film, I, Daniel Blake. Four years later, the collection now involves pupils from across all three schools in the UCS Foundation and on Friday, three trips were made by UCS staff to deliver the groceries and toiletries to the food bank based on Elgin Avenue.
James Quayle, manager of North Paddington Food Bank, was delighted by the response of the UCS community to the appeal, “At this point in 2019, we had supported 8,000 people. Already this year we have supported 20,000 people and we anticipate this number to rise even higher over the next month. So many families are living in extreme hardship and knowing we can rely on the UCS community to provide a sizable donation every October makes a huge difference to our work and means everyone who relies on us, can receive the best possible support. Thank you UCS. The size of this donation is simply staggering.”
Mark Beard, Headmaster of the UCS Foundation was equally pleased, “It was fantastic to see our staff and pupils all working together for a common cause. The food was packed into 159 boxes which were delivered on Friday and I would like to thank everyone in the Foundation who donated these items. I am now looking forward to seeing more events like this run after half-term during our Community Action programme.”