Youngsters visit county food bank

Mini Vinnies visit a local food bank.
Mini Vinnies visit a local food bank.
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A group of youngsters from south east Northumberland have been learning about the work of a local food bank.

Youngsters at St Bede’s Primary School’s Mini Vinnies group, aged between two and six, visited Matthew Project, a local food bank set up by members of the Bedlington Christian Fellowship.

Mini Vinnies co-ordinator Alison Johnston said: “Posters and leaflets were made and some Mini Vinnies addressed the whole school in assembly asking them to bring in food contributions.

“The Mini Vinnies then walked down the street to hand in their contributions personally.

“The aim being to bring home the fact that this was indeed a charity on their doorstep and by talking to the volunteers at the food bank, it was emphasised just how great the demand on this service was and that people in receipt of help varied from the single homeless to families with four or five children, and therefore how each parcel prepared differed.”

“Mike Clark, the project coordinator, was impressed with the thoughtfully asked questions and the enthusiasm of the young people and their families who also attended,” she added.