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Food Bank brimming with students donations

Date Posted:01/05/2015

An internal College Food Bank has received over a year’s worth of food donations in a single hit by MK College students who are determined to help fellow students in difficulty.

Angela Daly, co-ordinator of the Food Bank said, “On a weekly basis we do see a small number of students requesting support from the internal college Food Bank. There are lots of reasons why some of our learners struggle financially, typically it’s due to delays in benefit payments, or sometimes when unfortunately they’ve left the family home and have very few other places to turn.

The large contribution of food was the donated by the Year 11 class who raised the money through selling home-made cakes and sales from ticketed activities. Before enrolling at the College, all members of the group either received home-schooling or have come from overseas including Nigeria, Albana, Norway and Vietnam. One student, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, even donated some of his small weekly allowance in order to help other students in need.

The Food Bank is now full with the weekly essentials most people wouldn’t think twice to go put in their shopping baskets from pasta, juices and coffee to toilet rolls, sanitary products and nappies.

Alex Taylor-Woodward, student at the college commented, “Knowing we’re helping to support our fellow students at College is an amazing feeling. Seeing the mountain of food we’ve gone out and bought and knowing will contribute to the welfare of others in our community is something we’d love to see continue.”

Angela Daly said, “We’re absolutely delighted by the volume of food we’ve received from by the group. Our expectations have been far exceeded, so much so, the surplus items we can’t store at College have been given to the Milton Keynes Food Bank charity.”

Nicolas Brinner, Partnerships Manager at the Milton Keynes Food Bank explained, “We’re so grateful for this fantastic donation. Even though we live in a growing city which has areas with big houses, there are still disparities.”

“Ninety percent of our users are short-term. Typically these people are trying to live on zero hour contracts or struggling to find work after a redundancy. Donations like this one from MK College is essential to help us continue the important and ambitious work we strive to deliver.”

For some students at the College, support from the Food Bank is something that needs to continue. Luckily, with a strong ethos of peer-to-peer support and with regular donations by staff and students, Angela and the team aim to always be able to help anyone who needs support with the internal Food Bank.

To find out more about the College Food Bank, or to donate any surplus food or toiletry items, please email welfare@mkcollege.ac.
 

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