Each year, the 11 schools from the APS join forces to support a charity of their choice. This year's School Captains, Harry Warmington and Eliza Williams, became involved with Eat Up through Kaitlin and Aaron Tait, the co-founders of Spark International, who spoke at one of our Speakers Assemblies earlier this year. After hearing of the amazing work Eat Up does in and around Melbourne, and recognising how privileged they were to go to school each day with a full lunchbox, Harry and Eliza decided that Eat Up was the perfect organisation for the APS to support this year.

Eat Up is a service run by volunteers that delivers free food to children who come to school without lunch – targeting those facing food insecurity: children of parents who are welfare dependant, refugees, Indigenous, unemployed or impacted by domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse or mental illness. This began when Lyndon Galea, founder of Eat Up, realised that children in his hometown of Shepparton were going to school hungry, and realised that something had to be done.

Since March 2013, Eat Up has distributed 9490 lunches and makes over 500 a month. On Monday, over 30 students and teachers were involved in a sandwich making session, preparing and wrapping over 400 sandwiches to be distributed to kids in need around Victoria. We are also running an inter-House food drive, collecting lunch foods and spreads that will also go towards these lunches. Additionally, a barbecue on Athletics Day will help raise money for a van that will allow Eat Up to transport more lunches to more students. Our contribution at Carey will go a long way.