Huddersfield New College has revealed that a food bank collection bin for the Welcome Centre will be in place in the Art Centre building for the duration of the academic year.
This community support work at HNC follows on from last year’s effort, where a similar collection point was installed.
The food bank collection bin, which has already seen a steady number of donations in its first couple of weeks, was set up by Media Studies teacher Gary Eastwood, who also led last year’s collection.
The number of people using food banks across the UK has risen from tens of thousands to millions in the past decade. This is due to a number of factors, including national welfare reforms, the rise of zero-hours contracts and struggling local economies.
On why he has chosen to support this cause, Gary says:
This past year with the Pandemic really got me thinking about my own situation and the situations of other people, and what I as an individual could do to help. Working with the Welcome Centre allows us as a College to give something back to our community, and getting the students involved is a fantastic way of helping them to understand the importance of personal social responsibility. Donating food is a really easy way for our students to make a positive difference and together we can have a really big impact.
The Welcome Centre, based in Huddersfield is one of the largest food banks in the north of the country, and last year gave out enough food to provide 320, 062 meals. They also provide toiletries, one-to-one advocacy, and tailored guidance and support services to people in need.
As a College, we are proud to support the Welcome Centre with their vital work and to empower our students to give back to the community by helping those in need of food and other essential items.
The collection point is located in the entrance area of the Art Centre.