Headteacher sets up fruit and veg stall at school to help struggling families

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Struggling families have been picking up free fruit and veg from a pop-up stall at a school.

Clevedon School in North Somerset set up a shop on its campus to help struggling families during the pandemic.

Families who are normally in receipt of free school meals and may be finding it difficult to put food on the table have been helped out by the scheme.

Some of the food has been supplied at a discounted rate by local businesses EW Jenkins, a long term supporter of the school.

Local businesses including Tesco and Murrays Italian Deli have also stepped forward to donate items, with parents giving cash to pay for additional stock.

Headteacher Jim Smith said: “At Clevedon School we are constantly looking to help students and families in every way possible.

“It was in this spirit that we came up with the idea of helping to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for families.

“We have been overwhelmed by the community response and are so thankful to everyone that is helping out.”

He added: “I could not be prouder of the community response. It has simply been ‘Kind and Brilliant’, the motto of our academy that we live by daily.”

Items up for grabs include broccoli, leeks, apples, oranges and melons, as well as pasta, biscuits, rice, crumpets and bread.

Chloe Wilde, head of pupil premium at the school, said: “We are just looking to do all we can to support families at this time and the provision of fresh fruit and veg is a key part of keeping students fit, health and ready to learn.”

Another teacher who has been stepping in to help fill empty tummies is Zane Powles.

The 48-year-old assistant head from Western Primary School in Grimsby was given an MBE for his amazing efforts, delivering 138 meals a day to children.

He walked a total of 550 miles during last year’s first lockdown and delivered 7,500 meals.