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‘They deserve it!’ Pupils donate vegetable haul to homeless charity

02 August, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Jon Glackin from Streets Kitchen, with Michelle Jones and Ashmount pupils Florence and Reece

SCHOOLCHILDREN donated the vegetables they spent months growing in their school gardens to a homelessness group on Tuesday.

Reece, 10, a pupil at Ashmount Primary School in Crouch Hill, came up with the idea of donating any vegetables grown in their school grounds to Streets Kitchen earlier in the year.

He said: “The food we grow could help people less fortunate than us and it tastes good – and the homeless people deserve it.”

Michelle Jones, Reece’s mum, helps run the gardening club which sees pupils and parents grow food in a plot of land in front of the school.

Ms Jones told the Tribune: “Me and my children have been giving away food to the homeless under the bridge in Finsbury Park.

“A lovely lady told us about Streets Kitchen while we were giving away bananas one day, and that’s when I decided to get involved. They do such an amazing thing.”

The school children have provided a weekly supply of courgettes, garlic, fruits and various herbs to the volunteer-run group, which gives out free food across London.

Ms Jones added: “The donated vegetables can be used as part of a Mediterranean stew this week.”

To find out more go to streetskitchen.org

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