3 April, 2020
Wodensborough Ormiston Academy (WOA) has been going above and beyond to support local families with essential food hampers during the Coronavirus crisis.
The academy has been engaged with the FareShare initiative for over a year, as a way to help families within the local community to access nutritious meals. Having been providing food through the FareShare scheme fortnightly, WOA has increased the food provision to once a week during the school closures.
The hampers are being provided on top of the standard voucher scheme that is in place for all children eligible for free school meals, and WOA is also extending its reach at this unprecedented time to support local primary schools.
The school has opened up a serving hatch from one of the kitchens, as well as setting up time slots, so that food can be given out whilst maintaining social distancing. A community team is also delivering the hampers to the doorsteps of families that are self-isolating or unable to pick up the food themselves. The first delivery went out this week, which included fresh vegetables, meat, cereals and fruit, and is one of the many ways that the school is supporting its students and wider local community.
WOA Principal Leigh Moore said:
“When life is tough, we all need to work together as one team. We value our community and we will do whatever it takes to provide the additional support our families and local community need in these difficult times.”