CARING children in South Tyneside staged a food drive to help needy families at Christmas.
Pupils, parents and staff at Fellgate Primary School and Autistic Unit, in Oxford Way, Jarrow, collected tinned food, biscuits and chocolates for the Gateshead Food Bank.
The idea for the festive appeal came from the school council and follows a similar appeal on behalf of Sunderland Food Bank last year.
Helen Towers, senior education practitioner at the school and autistic unit, said: “We have 140 children and everyone got involved in bringing in something for the food drive.
“The appeal is co-ordinated through the Trussell Trust, a national organisation which helps families in need.
“It all started through collecting food for our harvest festival and after collecting for the Sunderland centre last year, we found out there was a food bank closer to home, in Gateshead.
“Matty and Liz Hopper from the Gateshead food bank came to pick up the food.
“We would like to thank all our children and parents for helping collect and donate the food.”