Kirkcaldy schools join support network for foodbank

St Maries Primary School Fairtrade Group
St Maries Primary School Fairtrade Group

Local schools in the Kirkcaldy area are leading the way when it comes to donating to the town’s Foodbank.

Pupils from St Maries Primary School’s Fair Trade Group paid a visit to drop off some donations and to find out more about how it works.

The group, run by teacher Lucy McElroy, helps to raise awareness of poverty and justice issues in developing countries and the children came up with the idea of ‘Trade In Tuesday’ during the school’s Fair Trade fortnight

Pupils were asked to make a food donation to the Foodbank and were given a treat in exchange.

Lucy said: “We ended up with three boxes of donations for the Foodbank so the group went along to drop them off.

“They ended up helping to make up parcels and learned how the Foodbank worked.”

The children were interested to see what happened with the food once it was donated to the Foodbank and they then helped to make up a food parcel.

After that there was no stopping them and they filled up more bags until it was time to go back to school!

“It was a really interesting trip and the pupils learned a lot,” said Lucy.

“They saw what the people who work at the Foodbank do and things like where the food is stored.

Elsewhere, Strathallan Primary School pupils turned their hand to bag-packing in Sainsbury’s and succeeded in raising £400 in donations as well as local awareness of need.

Their idea developed into a weekend appeal in the Kirkcaldy store which produced enough donations of food to fill 17 shopping trolleys.

Several other local primary schools, including Auchtertool, Pathhead and Dysart Primary regularly collect donations of food.

Local High Schools have also been doing their bit; both Kirkcaldy and Viewforth have been making donations of food and pupils’ time to the Foodbank.

KHS again collected food at one of their parents’ evenings held recently and as well as donating food, Viewforth pupils have also visited the Foodbank to help out.

A spokesman for the Foodbank said: “Kirkcaldy relies on donations.”