Fundraiser helps tackle student food poverty
A group of students hoping to make a difference in the world of social welfare have taken action to help people going hungry in Stoke-on-Trent.
Food poverty is a growing issue for students as well as the wider community and Staffordshire University’s Food Hub has given out 50 food parcels to students since the beginning of term.
First year Social Welfare Law students from University held a fundraising event on campus to raise awareness of the issue and to support local food banks. The group raised nearly £300 and collected enough food donations to make ten food parcels for the University’s Food Hub and the Stoke Food Bank.
Richard Machin, Course Leader for Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice, said: “I don’t think the problem of food poverty has reached its peak yet. Factors like low paid work, and problems or delays with benefits and student loans mean that many people including students are struggling.”
30-year-old Sarah Broad, from Birches Head, was one of the students behind the fundraiser and is studying Social Welfare Law at the University alongside her day job as a Senior Administrator at the Newcastle Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
Sarah said: “We had a great response from staff, students and the public - the buckets kept filling up with notes and coins. This has been a fantastic way to start the course and has brought us all together as a team. It’s given us a massive confidence boost and has ignited everyone’s passion for the course.”
The Students’ Union Food Hub helps any Staffordshire University student in need of some assistance. It is operated by a team of student volunteers. Students’ Union President, Bal Deol, said: “The Food Hub is only possible thanks to the food donations we receive from our students and staff, so we’re also creating a vibrant and caring student community here. I’m immensely proud that the Students’ Union provides this service to help combat, and raise awareness of food poverty amongst students.”
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