We don’t often realise it but we have mountains of unused food sitting in our cupboards that could be put to better use by the homeless and poor. During the Winter Warm Hearts campaign, we ask school children to get involved through our ‘Let’s Move a Mountain’ food drive. This is a two week challenge which sees schools competing to gather these mountains of food. All food collected is then donated to soup kitchens, food banks and homeless shelters within the school’s local area.
This year, over 800 school children from 5 schools across London (Gatton Primary School, The Saturday Islamic School, Al Muntada Primary School, Madani Girls School and Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy) participated in the food drive and collected a total of 1334.8 kg worth of food. Two schools, Gatton Primary School and Al Muntada Primary School were recognised for their standout contribution with awards. Gatton, which collected 820 kg, received an award for ‘Most Food Collected Overall’ while Al Muntada, which collected 145kg received an award for ‘Most Food Collected per Student.