Earlier this year Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) launched the third ‘Food For Thought’ initiative, as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The initiative provides local schools with the opportunity to access up to £200 in shopping vouchers to support families and pupils in need within their local community.
Since January 2021 nearly £3,000 has been distributed to local schools, with support received from the players, staff & directors at Oldham Athletic Football Club.
So far 16 schools have applied, and then received vouchers, to aid their school community through the Covid-19 pandemic.
One such school to access the Food For Thought initiative is Werneth Primary School.
Werneth Primary School, a current OACT school partner, have used their vouchers in partnership with The Magic Breakfast to re-launch the Werneth Primary School Foodbank.
Jonathan Bell, Werneth Primary School Principal said; "We know that so many families have been affected by the pandemic. Parents and carers have found themselves unemployed or with reduced incomes through no fault of their own.
"It’s heart-breaking to see the impact of this on families across the borough, so we are incredibly grateful to Martin and OACT for supporting the Werneth Primary School Foodbank and helping us to provide a community hub at a time of need."
In addition to the above foodbank at Werneth Primary School, there have been other fantastic ideas supported through the use of the vouchers.
St Hughs Primary School will be using the vouchers to provide a breakfast club for pupils.
Bale Vale Primary School will be using the vouchers to run a “no cook” cooking club, after school club. The school will be teaching children the skills to prepare cheaper & easy meals, developing children to try and taste different foods teaching skills for the future.
Freehold Academy will be using the vouchers to assist with their own foodbank, recently created at the school.
Westwood Academy will use the vouchers to continue to support of their most vulnerable families. The academy are currently providing 38 families with weekly breakfast supplies from Magic Breakfast which will continue until the end of the Spring Term. The vouchers would provide the money for children to receive three healthy meals a day. In addition to this, it will ensure that the parents can feed themselves as well as their children, as recent research has shown that parents are going without food to feed their children.
Martin Vose, OACT Head of Community, commented: "Due to the support received from our fantastic partners, such as Oldham Athletic Football Club, we are proud to support our school network as communities across the borough continue to be effected by Covid-19. Together, we will continue to support those in need."
Food For Thought Partner Schools:
Woodlands, Hey with Zion, St Pauls , Cannon Burrows, Fir Bank, St Annes Royton, Westwood, Royton Hall, Mills Hill, Holy Cross, Holy Family, Mather Street, St Hughs, Beal Vale, Freehold & Willowpark.