Photo: Some of the school’s many donations to the foodbank

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Runcorn, recently ran a remarkable foodbank campaign that will help hundreds of local people access essential food parcels.

Staff, pupils, parents, and carers came together to support their community and were encouraged to contribute anything they could for the Runcorn and District Foodbank.

In total, the school collected an astonishing 185.65kg of food for the worthy cause. As a result of this generosity, over 530 meals can be provided to those in need.

With the increasing costs of food, household items, energy and more, many people have unfortunately been impacted by the rising cost of living and now rely on foodbanks.

The Runcorn and District Foodbank has experienced an influx in demand, so the donation comes at the perfect time.

St Augustine’s, part of the Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, prides itself on its Christian values and mission statement of serving families within the wider community, offering a welcoming and loving environment.

The primary school has ambitious plans to support other local charities throughout the academic year.

Mr John Marciniak, interim headteacher of St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery, said: “We are so proud that our foodbank campaign was such a huge success. Our pupils have really enjoyed getting involved, and we’re extremely grateful for the contributions made by our staff, parents, carers and the wider school community.

“Giving back and looking after one another is an important aspect of school life at St Augustine’s, and we are keen to continue working with charitable organisations to show our love and support to those around us, whether that be through gathering much-needed donations, raising funds, or other charitable activities.”

CEO of Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, Andy Moor, commented: “It is part of our Trust’s mission to build strong communities with Gospel values at the heart, and the work that takes place at St Augustine’s goes towards reaching this. A huge well done to the whole school community for their dedication; the effect that this will have on local families is incredible.”