Leeds tots help to feed city’s hungry children

Treetops Nursery children, who have been collecting food for the YEP Feed a Family campaign
Treetops Nursery children, who have been collecting food for the YEP Feed a Family campaign
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A Leeds nursery has collected hundreds of items to help to feed vulnerable families across the city.

As well as asking their parents to add extra tins to their shopping baskets, kindhearted children at Treetops Nursery in Headingley also ditched dessert once a week in a sweet effort to fill their donations box.

The cash that would have been spent on their sweet treats was collected each week and youngsters leapt at the chance to visit the shops and purchase extra goodies to donate.

They are now looking forward to a potential outing to one of the city’s growing number of foodbanks to proudly hand everything over.

Gail Howarth, principal for Treetops Headingley and Pudsey, said: “We collected around 15 carrier bags full of food and they were filled with really nice things.” She added: “The children loved going shopping with the £10 each week and they wanted to spend every little bit. They were so excited about the shopping that they weren’t bothered at all that they missed out on pudding.”

Mrs Howarth said the experience had proved really valuable in teaching the little ones how fortunate they were to have all the food they needed.

The YEP launched its Feed A Family campaign in July to support the city’s network of foodbanks cope with rising demand over the summer holidays.

More than 250 children across Leeds needed emergency food to stop them going to bed hungry over the first THREE weeks of the summer holidays.

More than 4,000 kilos of food have been distributed to desperate people across the city since the campaign was launched.

The city’s four Trussell Trust foodbanks were expecting demand to soar this summer because youngsters who receive school meals needed to be fed at home.

The YEP urged organisations and individuals to donate food to support desperate families over the past six weeks.

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