YOUNG people at the Clackmannanshire Schools Support Service embraced the art and music of Robert Burns while distributing food in the community last week.

As part of a school enterprise project – and with the help of partners and friends – primary and secondary pupils worked with teachers to design and make their Robert Burns Culture Food Enterprise Kits.

The bags, which were distributed through The Gate Charity, included a DIY soup kit, a recipe and other Burns-related food to celebrate Scotland's national poet.

The group even added commemorative engraved Burns wooden spoons with a tartan donated by Tillicoultry kilt makers Crimson Kilts.

The food kit was designed with input from NHS Forth Valley's Food and Nutrition team with the packages also seeking to add a bit of food education.

Also part of the wider idea, amazing artwork and performances of Burns songs were shared by Clackmannanshire Schools' Support Service (CSSS) on social media and can be accessed via a QR code as part of the enterprise kit.

Describing the project, a spokesperson for the service said: “This health and wellbeing enterprise project has been an excellent collaboration between our primary and secondary pupils and also our active community partners.

“In these difficult economic times, the project has raised awareness of how you can prepare healthy food on a limited budget, while celebrating the legacy of Robert Burns."

Around 60 kits were collected by The Gate Charity last Thursday, January 26, just a day after Burns Night.

Pupils and teachers helped load the kits into crates and into The Gate's delivery van before they were distributed by the Alloa-based good cause, which recently issued another call for donations during what has been a busier-than-usual January for its crisis foodbank.

CSSS issued a nod of special thanks to NHS Forth Valley's Food and Nutrition team, The Gate Charity and foodbank and the Forth Valley DYW team for their continued guidance and support in the school.

There are sustainable elements in the enterprise project that CSSS plans to repeat as part of future cultural events.