Church of England Schools use harvest service to donate to Foodbanks

Church of England schools across the Diocese of Liverpool are being encouraged to collect food for their local Foodbank this harvest time.

Church of England schools across the Diocese of Liverpool are being encouraged to collect food for their local Foodbank this harvest time.

The traditional harvest song “see here are red apples” is being replaced with a practical call to help those in Food Poverty at harvest services across our diocese. Schools have been encouraged to collect items that are then suitable to be donated to those in need.

Christians and the local church have been instrumental supporters in many Foodbanks around our diocese seriously believing in God’s call to bring justice to all. Food poverty has become an increasingly prevalent problem for society and the need to continue to supply our Foodbanks with much need supplies. Harvest is the traditional church celebration of farm produce and our connection with food, making the link a clear one.

That’s why The Bishop of Warrington has been keen to encourage as many Church of England schools in our diocese to remember their local Foodbank as they celebrate this year.

The Bishop of Warrington Rt Revd Richard Blackburn said “At harvest when we celebrate God’s gifts of food to us we need to remember those who struggle to feed themselves and their families. Foodbanks offer a great amount of support to just those families and that’s why I am encouraging all schools to make a harvest donation to their local one. As we remember God’s generosity to us then let us reflect that to others in our gifts of food.”

Cinnamon Brow Primary School, Warrington is collecting following a decision by their School Council. Laura and Libby, Year 6 school councillors said “We are collecting for our local Foodbank because we believe that it is important to do something that would help the people of Warrington where we live.”

Lesley Sweeney, Headteacher added “ I was delighted when the school council decided that they would like a more traditional food based approach to our harvest appeal. We have decided to only collect the priority items for the Foodbank so that we can have the greatest impact on local people’s lives.”
Their harvest services take place on October 2nd and 3rd.

St Nicholas CE Primary School Blundellsands will be taking donations at their harvest service on Sunday 13th October at 10.30am at St Nicholas Church, Blundellsands. Headteacher Becky Woods said "Every year St Nicholas CE Primary School and St Nicholas Church work together on a joint Harvest Appeal. The Christian value of 'service' is very important to our church-school family and the children, staff, parents, governors, clergy and parishoners know that we are doing God's work by reaching out to our community and helping those in need. By collecting for Crosby Foodbank, we hope that our donations will make a small difference in people's lives as well as raising awareness within school and church of the very real need within our area."

Farnworth CofE School in Widnes are holding their harvest service at St Luke’s church on Monday 30 September. Headteacher Jackie Stillings said  “As a school this will be the second year that we have supported the Widnes Foodbank at harvest time.  Our school values are those of the Fruits of the Spirit, one of these being the value of ‘generosity’.  The children have formulated their own school rules based on these values and the associated rule for generosity is ‘when someone needs help, be there for them’.  As a school we feel that we can live this value by donating to our local Foodbank so that, when someone does need help in times of crisis, we are there for them”