Student food donations have fed over 1,200 vulnerable people this term
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The use of food banks in the UK is on the up, with a record number of meals being provided to those in need in 2017.
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Food poverty is an issue that has attracted the interested of the United Nations in recent months, yet it is still one that is too easily ignored. According to the Trussell Trust, between April 2017 and March 2018 1,332,952 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis, representing a 13% increase on the previous year.
The number of people reliant on food banks is at a shameful level and is only on the increase, and the government is offering little support. That is why the work of
How is the problem being addressed?
Since its inception in 1844, Co-op has existed with a set of core values and principles. These values include ‘Concern for the Community’, which involves supporting the local communities they serve, as well as ‘Self-Help’, which involves joining together and making a difference, whether in supporting a local or national charity.
Co-op is abiding by these values through two programmes: firstly Co-op Food Share,
Co-op’s student food bank scheme
Between June and September, a total of 1,112.58 kg of food has been donated through the university food bank scheme, which equates to 1,276 meals being provided. The largest donations in this period have been from the University of Leeds, which donated a staggering 307.58 kg of food.
Co-op food bin at the University of Leeds // Credit: Campus Media
Leeds is one of ten universities that have been involved in the scheme. Others include the University of Manchester, London School of Economics and Glasgow, which have donated 160, 30 and 66 meals respectively.
The success of the campaign means Co-op are rolling their food bins out to another ten universities in January, meaning 20 campuses will be involved in the scheme.
As part of the student food bin scheme, Co-op works closely with the Trussell Trust, which runs over 420 food banks across the UK that provide emergency food to people referred for support. All food collected as part of the scheme is donated to Trussell Trust foodbanks in the areas surrounding their respective universities. Through Co-op’s work with the student food bin scheme, fewer people are going hungry - and students are at the forefront of this.
Tackling food waste with Food Share
Food waste is a big issue for supermarkets: every year 18 million tonnes of food
Without the charitable work of the
So next time you see a Co-op food bin on campus, make sure you drop off those tins
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