Over the last year, Portland College have been supporting local Let’s All Eat project in a variety of ways, the latest of which is securing funding of £10,000 for the initiative.
First formed by the Academy Transformation Trust Further Education College back in 2015 as a social enterprise, Let’s All Eat originally focused upon reducing supermarket food waste. At the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic the business model changed to support the people in Ashfield in times of need, when other food banks ceased to trade due to shielding. The team of volunteers are now distributing around 160 food parcels each week.
Portland have been supporting this wonderful initiative throughout the year, firstly with the catering department making up sandwiches for the food parcels which started at the
beginning of the pandemic. The donation of sandwiches now totals over 4,600 and is continuing! At Christmas, Portland staff went above and beyond donating items which were used to create 50 Christmas Eve treat boxes for the children of Ashfield.
Liz Barrett, Principal of ATT Further Education comments: “The funding that the team at Portland have kindly got for the Let’s All Eat project is to fund food parcels and the sustainability of this distribution during the impact of Covid-19. Let’s All Eat is incredibly grateful of this support.”
Edward Johnstone, Assistant Principal Development at Portland says: “We are delighted to be able to support ATTFE’s Let’s All Eat initiative utilising our Fundraising Team who were able to secure the £10,000 donation. Portland staff are also generously donating Easter eggs that we will deliver to the food bank ready for the bank holiday weekend.”