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Selby College students support local foodbank with large donation

Thursday 17 June 2021

A group of Entry-Level students at Selby College set themselves the challenge of collecting donations for their local foodbank.

The students managed to collect seven boxes for Selby & District Foodbank, full of dried food, tinned meat and fruit, tea and coffee, toiletries and more, through donation boxes set up across the College.

“As a result of the pandemic, more and more people are needing to use foodbank services which means stocks of individual items often run low. Our students were really keen to help and set out to collect items for Selby and District Foodbank to support the local community. With the help of fellow students and College staff, they were able to collect seven boxes full of food and toiletries. The students also really enjoyed themselves and are proud to support such a great cause,” said Heidi Wilson, Lecturer in Business at Selby College.

Selby & District Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together to prevent hunger in the local area. In addition to national government agencies and supermarkets, Selby District Council also helps support the work the foodbank does.

Selby & District is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

“During the start of the pandemic, around half the people who used a food bank had never needed one before. Further down the line, we are now seeing those who donated items to the Foodbank in the first lockdown now needing to use the service themselves, due to a change of circumstances or job losses caused by the pandemic,” said Cheryl Whitton, Manager at Selby and District Foodbank. “Therefore, we really appreciate the efforts of the Selby College students in helping to support their local community and local foodbank.”

To find out how you can donate to Selby & District Foodbank, please visit: https://selbydistrict.foodbank.org.uk/