18,000 meals delivered - Oasis Academy Parkwood looks to the future as their pantry celebrates its first birthday
A local primary school situated in the heart of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire opened a pantry for the very first time a year ago on 1st October 2019, and one year on, they’re looking to the future after providing thousands of meals to families in need over the last 12 months.
Oasis Academy Parkwood has provided 7.7 tonnes of food which equates to a staggering 18,333 meals over a one year period.
The Scunthorpe primary school partnered with FareShare Hull & Humber to make this a reality for families in the local area, and was set up by School Business Manager, Sarah Norton.
Jodie Colgrave from FareShare Hull & Humber, commented saying; “FareShare Hull & Humber are a surplus food redistribution charity, who currently deliver food to over 170 different organisations across the region.”
“Since the national lockdown began in March, the demand for food has increased fourfold, meaning that we, and our members had to step up to ensure that the most vulnerable people in society were not affected by food poverty or insecurity.”
“Whilst some organisations closed their doors, the majority of our members did not, including Oasis Academy Parkwood. In the year since they signed up as members they have redistributed a whopping 7.7 tonnes of food, which is the equivalent of 18,333 meals for the families that they support. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Sarah and the pantry team who gladly took extra food through the summer holidays so their families didn’t go out. Thank you for all your hard work, you are food heroes!”
Oasis Academy Parkwood currently have 80 members of the local community who access the pantry on a regular basis, and is increasing each week.
During the lockdown period with the help of academy staff and a team of volunteers, they were able to keep the pantry open and serving the needs of the local community even in the toughest of times.
Sarah Norton, Business Manager at Oasis Academy Parkwood, added; “The Parkwood Pantry is now celebrating its one year anniversary and what an incredible year it has been with over 18,000 meals provided to our local community.”
“FareShare Hull & Humber have been incredibly supportive throughout the lockdown period, by providing the Pantry with additional food over the summer holidays to distribute to our families.”
“As we look to the future, we are hoping to build on the successes of the Parkwood Pantry by opening up a small café area for customers to have a drink with a ‘choose and chatter’ theme.”