UTC Plymouth would like to draw your attention to our local charity - Plymouth Food Bank.

More food banks are opening every week in the UK, with charities providing an emergency safety net for growing number of Britons, many of whom have fallen foul of the benefits. 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Plymouth foodbank provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, 100% more than the previous year. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to food banks for help.

Plymouth Food Bank is a community project working to serve the community and fight poverty. The food bank is helping people who are in financial crisis by providing them with much-needed food and also a listening ear and useful advice. UTC Plymouth is a registered agency to issue food bank vouchers. If there are any students living on their own or students with families who are struggling to purchase food please come and have a chat with your mentor or Walter.

With Christmas time soon approaching the food bank offer families Christmas ‘treats’ that otherwise would be too expensive or a luxury. UTC would love to help with this so an appeal is going out to all students and staff to bring Christmas biscuits, mince pies or chocolates – either selection packs, coins or tubs (Hero’s, Roses or Quality Street) that you see in supermarkets at this time of year. The 4 other main staples that are always needed are UHT milk, carton juice, sugar and biscuits of any kind. Any other items on the below list are always welcomed. If staff and students at UTC Plymouth would like to help there are some large boxes placed below the notice board as you enter the school.

Thank you for your support.