NCL donates £9k worth of food supplies to homeless charity


New College Lanarkshire has donated its stock of food and drink to support the most vulnerable in our community during the current crisis.

The College donated around £9,000 worth of confectionary, drinks, dry goods and frozen produce to Simon Community Scotland, which supports adults and young people in the community who are homeless and sleeping rough.

Members of the College’s Catering Team, James Rushford, Janet McCafferty and Martin McCafferty, collected the items from the Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell Campuses to donate to the charity.

The College regularly supports Simon Community Scotland, donating proceeds from its Christmas Staff Charity Breakfast since 2017 to help support the charity’s work.

Peter McLachlan, Service Leader for Simon Community Scotland in Lanarkshire said: “On behalf of Simon Community Scotland I would like to take this opportunity in saying thank you for the food donations supplied by New College Lanarkshire.

“The donations helped our homelessness services in North Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh and we were able to reach out to the most vulnerable people in our society.

“A special thanks also to Food for Homeless and Network Rail who helped us deliver these well appreciated donations to various localities. Simon Community Scotland takes full responsibility for the distribution and storage of the donations.

“Once again a big thank you from Simon Community Scotland.”

Professor Christopher Moore, Principal and CEO of New College Lanarkshire, said: “We recognised that we had a substantial amount of food in storage within our campuses, and with the lockdown still in place, we were keen to ensure this was shared with the people in our communities most in need.

“I was delighted when colleagues proposed sharing the food to one of Scotland’s most important homeless charities and I’d like to thank all the staff members who made it possible.”

New College Lanarkshire recently donated its stock of PPE equipment from its laboratories and beauty labs to local hospitals, in a bid to support the community during the Coronavirus crisis.

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