Four OSFC students – Lauren Whitehead, Rebecca Simpson, Scott Timperley and Adam Jabbar – organised a food bank at the College during the two months of Lent as part of their Active Citizenship course work.
Rebecca said “We decided to take an active role in our society by making people more aware of food banks and at the same time helping people in our community, as we discovered many of them depend on food banks. We thought we’d start by encouraging big companies to get involved, however we found out that a lot of them are already taking part so decided to concentrate on informing people and getting donations from our own college.”
Using posters and noticeboards around College to inform people about the problems faced by food banks and the lack of food and volunteers, the students ran their campaign throughout Lent asking staff and fellow students to donate items of food. It has been very successful and the food banks will be coming into College in the near future to collect the items.
Pamela McIlroy, OSFC Director MIS & HR, commented:
“The students should be very proud of their efforts to help others in the community who are less fortunate than themselves. This is one of the themes of their Citizenship course and also ties in with the College’s Equality and Diversity Group, through which we have been informing the College community about important events and religious festivals they may not already be aware of. I’m very pleased the collection has been such a success.”