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.