North West Regional College students donate to Foodbank

Pictured are John McMonagle and Deirdre McDaid from Foyle Foodbank with staff and students from North West Regional College�"s Workskills and Retail courses.

Pictured are John McMonagle and Deirdre McDaid from Foyle Foodbank with staff and students from North West Regional College�"s Workskills and Retail courses.

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Workskills and Retail Students at North West Regional College collected 1,000 food donations for the Foyle Foodbak following a college-wide appeal to support local families over the festive season.

As part of a Community Project, retail students at the college organised the appeal, distributed collection boxes, brought in donations and raised funds to buy items for the collection.

Colette McNulty, NWRC Lecturer in Business Services and General Education commented: “Our target was to collect 1,000 food items by 8th December 2015. With the support of all staff and students, we’ve now made a real, meaningful contribution to local families this Christmas.”

Jamie Bowers a Workskills student at the college, who raised more than £150 proceeds from a raffle, personally donated food items in excess of £50 and was instrumental in promoting the community project to class members and the wider college community added: “This experience has been great and it feels good to have helped others. I’d like to thank everyone who helped us achieve this.”

Last year the Foyle Foodbank managed to provide 5,500 families with food parcels - and the charity expects to exceed that number this year.

Manager, Maria McGlynn said: “There are 72 centres referring those in need to the Foodbank including churches, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, local community groups and charities.

“Last year was very busy but this year is significantly busier already.

“If you want to donate food items you can do so at the Sainsbury’s collection point, or to the Foodbank offices on Pump Street.”

For more information about the Foodbank you can contact Maria on 07716129788.