City College Plymouth is calling on the generosity of students, staff and the wider community to support local food banks. 

The College has joined the national ‘FE Foodbank Friday’ campaign, which has seen further education organisations around the country raising money for community foodbanks that have struggled due to the decline in donations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College’s own foodbank, which was set up before Christmas, is still supporting students facing financial hardship; however, with the College still closed to a majority of students and staff, it has struggled to maintain its supplies. Through this fundraising campaign, the College hopes to be able to replenish its own foodbank and support others in the area.

Bob Hunter, Director of Student Journey, said: “Our College foodbank, set up by our kind and community-minded student body, has been a lifeline for those students and their families who have needed that extra support during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am proud to be part of this caring college community and delighted that City College Plymouth is joining the FE Foodbank Friday campaign, so our students can continue making a positive difference to our local community. I know times are tough for many people right now, but whatever you can spare will go a long way to supporting a family or individual facing hardship.”

Other colleges involved in this campaign include:

  • Boston College
  • Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Burton and South Derbyshire College
  • Central Bedfordshire College
  • Chichester College Group
  • Dudley College
  • East Coast College
  • East Sussex College
  • Harlow College
  • Kingston Maurward College
  • Loughborough College
  • Peterborough Regional College
  • Shipley College
  • The College of West Anglia
  • Trafford College Group
  • Weston College
  • York College.

The College has set an initial fundraising goal of £1,500. For further details about this campaign or to make a donation, visit the JustGiving page using the link

Students wishing to enquire about the College food bank can do so by sending an e-mail to

For any other colleges wanting to get involved with FE Foodbank Friday or to find out more information, contact Andrew Cox at London South East Colleges on or call 020 3954 4607.