Lochgelly West Primary School is seeking help from the local community to help support the Benarty Food Bank with an ambitious project to collect tinned foods to be donated to the Food Bank.

Mrs Steele, Headteacher for Lochgelly West Primary says;

In the run up to Christmas the staff and children at Lochgelly West have decided to help Benarty Foodbank.

Our children have set themselves the ambitious challenge to line our ‘West Way’ with tins. These will be donated to the Foodbank. Our West Way is a path which runs the perimeter of the school grounds. The children in Primary 3s are leading this project although all the children in the school will be involved throughout the term.

The project is set to continue for the next 7 weeks in the run-up to Christmas with primary school children also appealing for support from the local community;

We need to collect 4200 tins to complete our task.

We would then like to donate the tins to Benarty Foodbank.

Please help by donating what you can.

The on-going project ‘Tin Trail’ is already receiving continued support from children and parents and the ambitious project hopes to involve the wider community by establishing two ‘drop-off’ locations for tinned foods.

Speaking with John Dryly from the Benarty Food Bank, he has highlighted the issues faced by those accessing their services;

In the lochs area we have issued 176 vouchers which covers 252 adults and 85 children. The biggest crisis is benefit changes with benefit delays coming second. Debt crisis is 3rd on our list but increasing the quickest.

Our main age group is the 25-64 year olds with the largest increase in group are single parents.

It is hearbreaking seeing clients with little or no hope or dignity coming through our doors. Society has a forgotten generation which continues to be put down and left to starve because they don’t fit the criteria of today’s government. No one wants to listen or understand their story. We need to restore values where people are listened to and common sense prevails.

The project to support the Benarty Food Bank is being led by Primary 3s, with all the children and staff at Lochgelly West supporting their efforts, and making a call to the local community for their support.

Mrs Steele says;

This project will continue over the next 7 weeks and any donations you can make will be greatly appreciated by our children and will have a very positive impact on our local community.

If you can help support the local efforts by Lochgelly West Primary, or the Benarty Food Bank please consider donating tinned goods to the following drop-off locations;

Lochgelly Library
Lochgelly Centre,
Bank Street,
Lochgelly, KY5 9RD

Lochgelly West Primary
15 Main Street,

All tinned goods must be in date and the tins must not be damaged.

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