The collection of food parcels for families from Grasmere, Matthias and Harrington Hill Primary Schools will be a lot easier for families thanks to support from Bags of Ethics.
The food parcels – given to families on top of their weekly free school meal food voucher – contain meals and store cupboard essentials donated by local businesses, but one recurring issue has been getting the food home.
Bags of Ethics stepped in to solve the problem by kindly donating tote bags to the schools. It’s a label built on ethics and equality – promoting the people and the planet behind the reusable products. The tote bags are made by Supreme Creations, in Pondicherry, South India, by a community of women.
Exec School Chef James Taylor, who’s been organising the food parcels at the two schools, said: “We want to make sure that families feel treated with respect and dignity when they’re collecting food parcels. Having a reusable bag, that comes from an ethical company, is good for the environment and our families. We’re very grateful to Bags of Ethics for supporting us.”
The label aims to celebrate and empower everyone along the supply chain, and to educate the consumer on where their product has come from. They also use sustainable manufacturing processes, such as using sustainably sourced organic cotton, REACH compliant, non-toxic inks, and create products that can be reused again and again. The totes can be reused over 5,000 times.
A Bags of Ethics spokesperson said: “We are intent on making sure that as a business we give back as much as we possibly can. Our recent Great British Designer Face Covering’s project helped us to raise over £1 million for 3 different charities, and we are always on the lookout for new projects that enable us to help those in need, such as getting involved with Chef’s in Schools. It’s simple – we want to help make the planet a better place for the people on it, through our ethically and sustainably produced product.”
The food parcels change each week – here’s what was included one week along in January:
•Roast Chicken Drumsticks with Vegetables & Rice from @flyingfrenchgram
•Meatballs with Penne from @perilladining
•Lentil Stew from @trangamarket
•Chickpea & Swede Burgers with Watermelon Salsa & Freshly Baked Buns, and Root Veg Curry from @creme_pat and JAMES – school made.
•Bread Loaves freshly baked this morning from @spencebakery
•Cheese from @neals_yard_dairy
•Eggs & Pasta from @natoora
•Cheddar & Vegetable Muffins from @laurenceblume
•Fruits & Vegetables from @thefelixproject and @gmggurdwarauk
•Ingredient costs for the meals were covered by a community crowd funding page.
The tote bags will make sure it is carried home in style.