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How the All Saints Community Food Initiative Took Shape

Building on the success of our 2012 food collection for a Glasgow foodbank, the Social Sciences department within All Saints launched a new 2013 appeal throughout the Month of October. In total over 1450 non-perishable items were donated.

Pupils explored the issue of poverty in Social Sciences & RE lessons as well as part of the Whole School Tutor programme. Pupils in Drama produced a DVD entitled "On the Breadline" which explored the need/growth for food banks across the city. Pupils in Media filmed short adverts to encourage pupils/staff to get involved in donating. Business Education pupils designed posters/leaflets to be distributed in the local community & to our partner agencies. Computing pupils collated & updated information for the school website and twitter. Pupils in S1 maths were involved in counting & sorting collected items.

Throughout the collection many pupils asked if the food would be going to LOCAL people (within school catchment area). They also highlighted the elderly & young children as being two of the most vulnerable groups in society and the winter months (Dec-Feb) being particularly difficult as a result of individuals/families rising fuel bills etc.

Fuelled by the enthusiasm, energy, motivation & drive of our young people the idea of an All Saints Community Food initiative took shape.

Following a partnership meeting in November 2013 it was agreed to launch a Winter outreach program to provide vital support to those most in need in our local communities.

MSP Paul Martin having attended the above meeting raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament about our Initiative.

The first phase of which began on Friday 6th December with the delivery of twenty Christmas food parcels to a local organisation who support young females who have recently experienced homelessness.

Following this, over 130 bags of winter food essentials have been distributed to Senior Citizens on the 7th & 14th of December & 25th January from local churches & community halls. Councillor Gerry Boyle & MSP Humza Yousef kindly attended to help with the above distributions.

Fifteen Christmas food parcels were also donated to a local housing association on the 17th December to help support individuals within their independent living project.

One of our most recent distributions took place on Wednesday 15th January - Named "Tot Treats" by the pupils two local mother & toddler groups received boxes of baby food essentials.

What next? - February & Beyond

We have been selected by ASDA to take part in their green token collection scheme in March. Pupils will also set up an information stall to tell customers about future distributions venues etc.


Donations can be made directly to All Saints RC Secondary School. Alternatively at any of our future distributions – follow us on twitter for more details.

Contact details: or 0141 582 0010