Community spirit shining bright at Preston’s College

The College has joined the national ‘FE Foodbank Friday’ campaign, which is seeing FE organisations around the country coming together to raise money for community foodbanks. Many foodbanks are seeing a decline in donations at this challenging time and are in need of additional support.

Preston’s College plan to support a variety of organisations, with local charity, Luv Preston, the first recipient.

A key part of Luv Preston’s role is to provide weekly, home delivery food parcels to those in need of emergency food provisions, in the PR1 and PR2 areas, whilst also supporting individuals to access key services across the city.

The recent global Coronavirus pandemic has seen the charity’s day-to-day requests rise by 400%, meaning now, more than ever, the charity needs help, to allow them to continue providing much needed provisions to Preston’s most vulnerable residents.

Principal and Chief Executive Officer at Preston’s College, Dr Lis Smith said: “Since staff and learners temporarily moved to home and online working, we are extremely proud of the way in which we have been able to support our local community. The decision to come together with other colleges across the country, to support local foodbanks, was an easy one to make and we are delighted to be able to assist a small, local charity, who are doing outstanding work, at this difficult time, in any way that we can.”

Jack Mcvicar, Founder of Luv Preston added: “We would like to offer our sincerest of thanks to all at Preston’s College for standing with our charity during this crisis. We serve the disadvantaged in Preston throughout the whole year but since the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in the UK, requests for help have risen by 400%.

"As we stand with our clients, we too need people and organisations to stand with us. As many have said, we are all in this together. We thank Preston’s College for the much appreciated support. All monies raised will go directly on the purchasing of food for us to deliver to local residents in need.”