A COWLEY school has turned to making food boxes to help families during lockdown.

Tyndale Community School and volunteers are now getting ready to increase to providing 60 boxes each week to some of the most vulnerable people in the area.

Headteacher Matt Watt said: “When schools closed several weeks ago, Tyndale Community School immediately started to think about how we could support our families and the surrounding community.

“We came up with the initiative of food boxes and have raised almost £10,000 so far.”

He added: “These food boxes include the food needed to feed a family of four for seven days a week and a recipe book.

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“We are donated some food from FoodShare but we also bulk purchase food from a food supplier, making the boxes cheaper to create.

“They include meals such as fish fingers and wedges, sausage and mash and tuna pasta bake."

Each week the boxes are packed at the William Morris Close school and are then delivered by volunteers and members of staff.

Mr Watt said: “We have also started to offer this to other families in the neighbourhood.

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“We are just about to move from providing 40 to 60 food boxes per week to those who need them most and therefore need to raise approximately £1,500 per week."

To receive a food box a family must be referred from a community organisation, such as a child’s school, social services, GP or church.

To find out more or to donate, visit tyndalecommunityschool.co.uk/foodboxes.

This includes referral forms and volunteering information.