St Albans schoolboys donate nearly one and a half tonnes of food to food banks

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 May 2019

Nearly one and a half tonnes of food for local food banks, collected by pupils at St Columba's College. Picture: Submitted by St Columba's College

Nearly one and a half tonnes of food for local food banks, collected by pupils at St Columba's College. Picture: Submitted by St Columba's College

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Pupils at a St Albans school have collected nearly one and a half tonnes of food to support food banks.

Year 12 pupils at St Columba's College organised the project in February after attending the launch of the 2019 Cardinal's Lenten Appeal at the Borehamwood Foodbank.

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Food was collected over several weeks and donations were split between three charities; the Borehamwood Foodbank, the St Albans and District Foodbank and the Open Door homeless shelter.

Two years ago, the school began to collect food during Lent to support local food banks. In 2017, students and staff donated seven hundred kilograms of food. Last year, 1.2 tonnes were donated.

Augustine McMahon, a Sixth Form pupil at St Columba's, said: “Giving food is a simple act but one that can give people dignity, and most importantly, meet a basic need.”

In Borehamwood, there has been a 23 per cent increase in the amount of food distributed since last year.

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