MORE than 140 food packs have been created for students at Barnsley College as the cost-of-living crisis bites into the Christmas period.

In addition, the college have also created packs of basic toiletries which students can take home to their families.

The collection, which begun in October, has grown into what is now known as the ‘pantry’ at the college’s Old Mill Lane campus where students can discreetly collect their food and hygiene packs.

The college received contributions from staff including a large donation from the science and engineering department.

Meanwhile, a group of students have joined the effort by designing Christmas cards that have been sold to raise money for the collection.

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The college also received donations form Virgin Money Bank and Barnsley Card.

Sasha Foyster, a student services officer who organised the collection, said: “I wanted to offer some sort of food support for students over the Christmas break and I really wanted it to feel more like a gift than a typical food bank.

“We really hope these packs make a difference to the students.”