Foodbank appeal gets a festive twist

13 October 2020 | College News

As the nights draw in and our thoughts start to turn to Christmas, City College Plymouth is renewing its call to join the FE (Further Education) Foodbank Friday initiative.

Having seen a huge response across the country to the original appeal, the campaign is being relaunched with a festive twist to help give local foodbanks a boost in time for the Christmas period. 

The FE Foodbank Friday fundraising campaign was set up in the summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on local foodbanks. Due to the lockdown, foodbanks saw a significant drop in the number of donations they were receiving whilst still supporting individuals and families in need. Organisers behind the campaign are now hoping to re-energise efforts to ensure local foodbanks are well-stocked in the build-up to the festive season. 

The College’s Director of Student Journey, Bob Hunter, said: “During the lockdown, the College’s own foodbank supplies were running low. Our College community has been hugely supportive of the foodbank but with very few students and staff on campus over that period, our supplies started to run short as we continued to deliver food parcels to students facing hardship. 

“To ensure we could continue to provide this support – and to help other local foodbanks facing shortages – we joined the nationwide Foodbank Friday appeal to raise money to be used to purchase supplies to be given to those in need.

“Now that we are thankfully back on campus, we are hoping to be able to once again stock our foodbank through the donations of food items and the College is taking part in a UK-wide initiative to try and collect 30,000 items before Christmas.” 

As part of the campaign, the College will be recording a weekly tally of the number of food items donated, but is also appealing to those who may wish to support the appeal by donating via a national JustGiving page –

For details on how to donate food items, please e-mail

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