Students from Derby College turned up with a truck full of donations at the food bank this week after collecting as part of a project.
Student Hannah Barton explained: “We were set a project where we had to work with a charity and we decided on the food bank as it’s something that’s been in the news a lot lately and with it coming up to Christmas we know that it will help people in a big way.
“Although donations might not seem a lot to the people who are making them they really help the ones who receive them.”
The group of students handed over the items last week to community bank manager Lisa Harrison ready to be made up into the food parcels handed out at the Belfield Street base every Tuesday and Friday.
Hannah said: “It’s such an important job they do here and they help people on so many levels.
“We’ve been shown around today and Lisa has spoken to us about the people who use the service so I’m pleased we chose them to work with.”
Student Catherine Starr added: “They’ve said today about the amount of people they help.
“Even people who are working are being helped so it makes a difference to a lot of people.”
Lisa Harrison, Arena manager, said: “We are always grateful for any donation however big or small.
“The support we’ve received recently has been amazing.”