When the college closed for the coronavirus lockdown in March, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) Supported Learning staff acted quickly and donated food and drinks from the college Supported Learning shop, Serious Snacks, to the Hounslow Community FoodBox.
Hounslow Community FoodBox is a charity which provides emergency food and support to those in need living in the London Borough of Hounslow. Caroline Read, Supported Learning Lecturer at RuTC, said, “I just couldn’t bear the thought of the food and drinks from Serious Snacks going to waste and being out of date upon our return in September. My colleague, Sarah Risner, and I came in and sorted the shop, loaded the car and donated it to the Hounslow Community FoodBox.”
Philip Jones, Treasurer and Secretary at Hounslow Community FoodBox, said, “On behalf of the volunteers and trustees I would like to thank you for your kind donations from the College Shop. The treats were bagged up to be added to food parcels.
“We have seen a substantial increase in referrals for food parcels during the pandemic. Since the end of March FoodBox volunteers have delivered more than 1,000 food parcels across the London Borough of Hounslow to support 1,900 adults and children (more than in the whole of 2019). That we have been able to fulfil these referrals is due to the response of our community which has been truly heart-warming.
“Without your support, and that of like-minded members of our community, we would not be able to offer support so many who through an unfortunate set of circumstances find it impossible to provide for themselves and their close family.”