Posted: November 9, 2021
Doncaster College part of DN Colleges Group is proud to be working with FE Colleges around the country to give local foodbank collections a festive twist to support local communities over the festive period.
#FestiveFEFoodbankFriday was launched last year and is now part of the sector’s Good for Me Good for FE campaign. 120 colleges are engaged with the initiative, aiming to collectively generate £1m of social value over the coming year.
With demand for foodbanks continuing to increase nationally, collecting food items for them is a key strand of the campaign. Colleges will be encouraging staff and students to donate either single items or to create hampers to make Christmas a little easier for the many people in need.
Many other fundraising activities will also be taking place in the lead up to Christmas under the campaign’s umbrella, including Santa Dashes and Christmas lunches for care leavers.
Having spearheaded last year’s #FestiveFEFoodbankFriday drive and now jointly leading Good for Me Good for FE, Dr Sam Parrett CBE, Group Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, says:
“Sadly, foodbanks across the country are continuing to experience high demand, so encouraging our partner colleges to support these is an important part of our campaign. Christmas is a difficult time for many and we are delighted that so many colleges are re-launching their festive foodbanks.
“Colleges add value to their communities every single day. Good for Me Good for FE captures and maximises this hard work, bringing our sector together to support social mobility and aspiration. We are working hard to generate our target of £1m of social value and the collection of 20,000 food items – and are hugely grateful to all the colleges that have committed their support.”
Good for Me Good for FE launched in June 2021, led by London South East Colleges, East Coast College and Loughborough College. 120 colleges have pledged their support to the campaign and to date nearly £100,000 of social value has been generated.
DN Colleges Group Chief Executive Officer Mick Lochran, says:
“DN Colleges Group is proud to be working with colleges across the country to support our communities in maximising social capital.
As anchor institutions in their distinct communities both North Lindsey and Doncaster colleges have long standing partnerships and working relationships with the third sector and the Good for Me Good for FE initiative will be a catalyst to think more strategically about how we can work together to support the most disadvantaged in our communities.”
Further information will be communicated in due course as to how you can donate to our Festive Foodbank.