Youngsters at two Leeds nurseries are sacrificing dessert once a week in a sweet effort to help feed hungry children across the city.
Treetops nursery in Headingley is backing the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Feed a Family campaign by encouraging parents to donate items from our special shopping list, to help the city’s most vulnerable families put food on their tables.
Children have been turning up to the nursery clutching packets of pasta, rice and tins of soup and beans to help stock foodbanks in Leeds this summer.
And kind-hearted three to five-year-olds have agreed to go without pudding one day a week so that the dish they would have eaten will instead go into the collection box.
Youngsters at Treetops nursery in Pudsey are set to show their support for the campaign this week.
Gail Howarth, principal for Treetops Headingley and Pudsey, said it was a great opportunity to educate youngsters about hunger and poverty, while inspiring them to make a difference.
She said there had already been a fantastic response from parents, with everyone keen for their little ones to take part, and she urged other nurseries to follow Treetops’ lead.
Mrs Howarth said: “The children missed their pudding on Tuesday, when they should have had strawberries and sponge cake with cream.
“The older girls and boys, who really understood, took it upon themselves to continue explaining what was happening throughout lunch, saying things like ‘we are not having pudding because we are helping the children that don’t have enough to eat.”
The cash that would have been spent on their sweet treats will be collected each week and youngsters will go on a trip to the shops to purchase items they would like to go into the box.
The Yorkshire Evening Post launched its Feed A Family campaign last month after revealing that parents in Leeds will skip meals this summer to make sure their children don’t go to bed hungry.
Nearly 20 double decker buses worth of food have been distributed in the city since September.
There are fears more families will be forced to turn to food banks as they struggle to put meals on the table during the six week break from school.
So we are calling on businesses, charities and organisations to hold their own food collections.
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COLLECTIONS TO HELP FOODBANKS
East Leeds: Donate at Oxford Place Methodist centre, on Mon and Thur 2pm to 4pm.
North Leeds: Donate at Moor Allerton Methodist Church, Alderton Rise, on Mon, Wed and Fri from 11am to 1pm or Lister Hill Baptist Church, Horsforth, 2pm to 4pm on Wed and Fri, 10am to noon Sat.
South Leeds: Donate at Middleton Methodist Church on Wed from 9.30am to 4pm; drop off food at Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace on Wed from 10am to noon.
West Leeds: Donate to 13 Redlane Mill, Farsley, on Tue from 10am to 4pm. a collection point is also located at Tesco, in Bramley, and Asda, in Pudsey. Morrish Solicitors, on Lowtown, has a collection point and there is a further collection point at Mill Kitchen, at Sunnybank Mills, in Farsley.