Hillcrest Primary School take part in Foodbank School Food Appeal for the first time


Ashley McPhee, Tahlia Greagen-Castle, Sumaiya Siraj, Jeremy Yau, Luke Taylor, Kieran Francis and Roger Pang.
Ashley McPhee, Tahlia Greagen-Castle, Sumaiya Siraj, Jeremy Yau, Luke Taylor, Kieran Francis and Roger Pang.

HILLCREST Primary School students are donating canned goods for those suffering from hunger.

It is the school’s first time participating in Foodbank’s 2016 School Food Appeal and Hillcrest PS deputy principal Liz Ford said the school was aiming to send 100kg worth of food to the charity.

“Anything that is non perishable; spaghetti, soup, baked beans, hopefully stuff that could be a meal replacement if necessary,” Ms Ford said.

Ms Ford said trophies were up for grabs for the largest amount donated.

“We are looking next week at doing a class to class competition – which class could actually produce the most weight of food – just to make it a bit more fun for the kids,” she said.

“It is nice for the kids to show their appreciation.”

Ms Ford said the school would join the appeal again next year.

She said the school also ran breakfast clubs for students who skip meals before school.

“We have got a fairly diverse range of students here and we have got a few students who do come to school without having breakfast,” she said.

A Foodbank report shows 28 per cent of Australians regularly go without food when they were hungry.

The report also found 33 per cent of those who received food relief were children.

Foodbank WA chief executive Greg Hebble said more than 3 million kg of food was distributed in WA in 2015, which equated to 15,500 meals per day.

Donations of canned food closes on June 17.