Three trolley loads of food, donated by students have been delivered to Mercy in Action's, The Pantry.
As the end of the year draws ever closer, exams have come to an end (finally!), and students begin moving out of halls ready for summer, we have been asking for unwanted food donations for a local charity. As part of our on-campus end of term collections and dedication to sustainability, AHS and SU Volunteering have teamed up by decorating and promoting collection trollies on campus for any leftover tins, packets and boxes of dry goods left in the cupboards.
We have managed to collect an amazing three trolley loads of food so far which will all be donated to Mercy in Action’s 'The Pantry' Project.
A huge thanks to everyone who donated food so far and those who gave some time to decorate trollies and create posters.
There is still some time to donate all your leftover cupboard foods (until 10th June), just leave them in the trollies outside of Limetree, Fresh, The SU (outside The Market) and at Dartmouth Avenue.
About The Pantry
The families we serve at our Pantry are all referred via Health visitors, support workers, Social Services, headteachers, or by other local organisations. They are all struggling financially on top of the problems they may be encountering and often the children are not being adequately fed.
They include families settled following seeking asylum, lone parents struggling on one wage or benefits, women being rehoused following domestic abuse situations, elderly on benefits etc. we have approximately 110 households a week who come and choose if food from the selection we have and they pay £3-£5 a week depending on the size of the family. A lot of organisations set up food banks, pantries or community fridges during lockdown and many are now closing down due to not being sustainable. This past week alone we’ve had at least 14 more referrals.
If you would prefer to make a cash donation a student from V Repair has also set up a fundraising page for Mercy in Action, while the trollies are on site: Donate here