On Wednesday 21st June, Year 5 visited Chipping Barnet Food Bank (at the Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s Church). The children were shown around the Food Bank and found out how the Food Bank supports the community of Barnet. Children learned how volunteers are needed at a food bank and how their role plays a vital part in giving direct support to people who use food banks. Children had the opportunity to prepare and pack food parcels.
The children also met Madeline Black, who has written a book called ‘Kobe Ketchup and the Food Bank Adventure.’ Madeline Black read her story to the children. The story was about a boy called Jay who visits a food bank and how Kobe Ketchup is on a mission to teach children about the importance of sharing and caring. Madeline Black has kindly given the school a few copies of her book for us to keep.
The Year 5 children found this to be an informative and valuable, as well as an educational trip.
As you know our school collects items during Harvest and donates them to local organisations. It was lovely to hear that St Catherine’s is the largest donor of items during Harvest. This demonstrates that we have had a real positive impact in our local community.
Some children have written a summary of the trip:
At the food bank, an author read us a book about a boy who visited a food bank that helped his family with food items to take home. We learnt about the importance of food banks and we packed food items for people to take home. I enjoyed weighing the food and writing down the weights of each bag of food and then sorting the food items in the storage cupboards.
We listened to an author who wrote a book about the importance of a food bank and how they can help people in need. We helped pack food into bags and measure the weight of the bags of food before putting them onto the shelves. I learnt about the cost of different foods and how many volunteers there were at this food bank. My favourite part was weighing the bags and putting the food items onto the shelves, as I got to find out the weight of different foods and compare them to others.
We started with a story and it was about the importance of food banks. We then packed food bags and learnt how they distribute the food bags and why this is important. We went to the ‘warehouse’ and we weighed how heavy the donations were. Finally, we tried to guess how much certain food items cost. My favourite part was when we learnt about how the food is distributed because we learnt a lot of facts.
We listened to a story and the importance of food banks and how they help people. We packed a variety of long-lasting food items that can be given to those who are less fortunate than us and learnt that there are many kind people volunteer to help at the food bank. My favourite activity was estimating the prices of certain food items.