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Denbigh students help tackle food poverty in Luton

25 May 2015
Denbigh High School students have pledged to support the work of the Luton Foodbank and in just one week they have collected 2,000 items of much needed food for families in the Town.
Research shows that nearly 10% of the population of Luton do not have the ability to feed themselves adequately, with as many as one in four children facing poverty. In response to this shocking statistic, Luton Foodbank was set up and officially launched in 2013, providing emergency food supplies for people in crisis in the Borough.
Salma Khan, Project Coordinator at Luton Foodbank, said:
 "The response from the pupils and staff at Denbigh has been overwhelming. The school not only supported the Foodbank with collecting hundreds of items but they had a week long school competition, which gave the most needed items higher points, so the collection actually fills a huge gap in our stock levels for certain food items we were running short on. We were running really low on UHT milk and fruit juice, after looking at what was collected from Denbigh, this has helped us hugely replenish our stock levels.
“We rely solely on donations from the local community and the support from the school will go a long way. You can donate food at one of our drop-off points, you can donate directly or you can volunteer. Food packages consist of essential foods to feed a family for three days. We need continued donations to sustain the service we provide to ensure that no one in the Town goes hungry. We would encourage other schools in Luton to follow Denbigh High School in setting up a Foodbank Week and involving all staff and pupils.”
Denbigh High School Teacher, Miss Asma Baig, said:
“I am extremely pleased with the response to the competition, this was a whole school initiative and we are pleased that our donations will go a long way in supporting the Foodbank and those struggling in Luton. The pupils have been brilliant and many have pledged to continue supporting the Foodbank through their families. We are most pleased to learn that our school collection is the largest the Foodbank has received.
We’re hoping that by taking this action, we might encourage pupils, and others in the community to support this worthwhile cause as well.”