Foodbank Donations Embody the Spirit of Christmas

23 December 2019

In a bid to help provide for those less fortunate in the local community this Christmas, Penryn College students delivered over 60 boxes of food, toys, and Christmas decorations to the Penryn & Falmouth Foodbank earlier this month.

All items were generously donated by pupils, their families, and Penryn College staff during the build-up to the festive period, with the aim of delivering Christmas to families and individuals who struggle to afford certain luxuries at this time of year.

Selection boxes, rolls of wrapping paper, brand-new toys, and Christmas decorations were among the donated items, as well as a number of non-perishable food items – including tinned fruit, pasta, and cereal – catering for members of the local community in crisis.

Indeed, the items were delivered by members of the College’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) team, who, earlier this month, led assemblies detailing the importance of foodbanks – leading to the inundation of donations from students, their families, and the school’s staff.

And speaking following the College’s delivery of the items, Penryn & Falmouth Foodbank Administrator, Catherine Hansla, said: “On behalf of the Penryn & Falmouth Foodbank, I would like to thank you [Penryn College] for your very kind donation of 404.7kg – this was an amazing amount and we are very grateful.

“Our foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in our local communities, as well as across the UK, and without donations such as yours we would not be able to help people in this area who have an emergency need to provide for themselves and their families.”

And Penryn College Head of Religious Education, Mrs Teagle, who led this year’s Foodbank appeal –  and was also involved in the 2018 Penryn College Foodbank collection – was quick to praise the generosity of everyone involved in donating: “Just like last year, we are once again overwhelmed by the empathy and generosity demonstrated by our students, their families, and members of staff.

“I must also mention the individuals involved in running the foodbanks – they deserve every bit of praise they receive for the life-changing work that they do.”

If you would like to make a donation towards the Penryn & Falmouth Foodbank, please visit for more information.