Banbury mosque and a Hook Norton catering company help support students at local school with food parcels

A Banbury mosque and a Hook Norton catering company have reached out to a local secondary academy to provide bags of donated food or freshly prepared frozen meals to the families of students.

By Matt Elofson
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 8:13 pm
Staff from Wykham Park Academy including Elaine King, a welfare manager the school and Katie Lambert and Emma Daisley, who are both nurture practioners at the school.
Staff from Wykham Park Academy including Elaine King, a welfare manager the school and Katie Lambert and Emma Daisley, who are both nurture practioners at the school.

Each week volunteers at the Park Road Mosque fill 10 large bags with a range of items from Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and Hello Fresh. They range from kitchen cupboard staples such as bread, pasta and rice to fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned or dried food.

The bags are then handed to members of Wykham Park Academy’s welfare and nurture team who distribute them to the 20 families who would benefit most from them. Each family has received a bag on a fortnightly basis since January.

In addition to the generosity of Park Road Mosque, Thomas Franks, an international catering company in Hook Norton, has also recently reached out to Wykham Park via their Feeding Communities initiative. The food company has offered to provide freshly prepared meals that they freeze to the school’s nurture team. These will then be handed out to the 20 most in need families.

Food parcels at Wykham Park Academy

Justine Williams, senior assistant principal at Wykham, said: ‘’The food bags and frozen meals are both fantastic examples of community spirit and show how kindness can go a long way during this very difficult time.

"A lot of families are struggling and to have the food items means our most in need students are being fed and they have access to food that anyone can cook.

"It also means the pressure has eased off the families and so everything then becomes a little bit easier at home if parents or carers know they are not struggling to feed the children in their care.’’