College collects donations for foodbanks

Staff and students at South Essex College have donated hundreds of items to local foodbanks as part of the Good for ME Good for FE campaign.

The nationwide campaign aims to generate £1m of social value via a sustainable programme of community action including volunteering, fundraising and charitable partnerships.

The college set up collection boxes at each of its campuses which were filled with non-perishable items which will be donated to local foodbanks via The Trussell Trust.

This initiative builds on the huge success of FE Foodbank Friday. This saw colleges around the country come together during the pandemic to raise over£47,000 and collect more than 20,000 items for local foodbanks.  

Brad Brooks, Assistant Principal Student Experience, said he was delighted to see so many people at the college show their support.
He said: “Staff and students once again have shown their generosity and keenness to support our local communities.

“Colleges play a vital role as Anchor Institutions, which goes way beyond just education. Generating social value is key to helping our communities to prosper, particularly as economies begin to recover post-pandemic.  

“We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and important initiative. Working in partnership with colleges around the country means that we can have a really positive impact on both our own communities and those further afield.”