On 23rd August the 1st Aylestone Guides (St Andrews) spent the afternoon volunteering at their Leicester South foodbank.
The girls wanted to give back to their local community, so when the group reached out to Volunteer Coordinator Kerrie Ball, she was delighted to arrange the first under 18 volunteering session.
8 girls and their leaders spent two hours learning about the history of the foodbank and how it helps people in crisis in the local community.
The Guides and Guide leaders learnt of the increased need and crucial support the foodbank provides. They were blown away to learn that 163,000kg of food was packed and distributed last year.
The group then split into three teams and were shown how to organise the food when its donated and how to pack a food parcel. The girls worked hard sorting the food donations in date order and food type and even managed to pack 20 parcels.
The Guides had lots of fun along the way, so much so they are going to volunteer again.
Ruth Blackwell Guide leader said ‘I would recommend helping the foodbank whether you’re a youth group, business or personally. The statistics are shocking, and we must do as much as we can to help those in need. Kerrie was fantastic, she pitched the information and led the session perfectly’
Kerrie said ‘The girls enjoyed their time with us, and we are planning on welcoming them back later in the year. We think its amazing that the girls wanted to spend their time volunteering with us’
To find out more about volunteering at Leicester South foodbank, please contact Kerrie at [email protected]