Lincoln students’ donations give food bank a community boost

Hundreds of donations have been made to a food bank by Lincoln students during this year’s National Student Volunteer week.

Tins of food and toiletries were amongst the hundreds of items donated. Photo: Lincoln SU.

Last Tuesday, the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union held a food bank collection outside the Advice Centre.

Just under two-hundred donations were made in four hours – including tins of food, toiletries, and other useful household items.

Since then, the charity Lincoln Foodbank have matched the 198 items students donated, doubling the amount of food collected.

This follows a survey by the technology company Intelligent Environments which showed that over a third of students cannot afford their weekly food shop.

The study also revealed that one in seven students have been pursued by debt collectors.

The University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union said they realise how difficult it can be to be a student, and the food bank was set up to allow fellow students to offer their support.

SU President Sammi Storey said: “The idea for a food bank came through the SUggestions platform. It’s great to see the student suggestions come to life in this way and of course so many students supporting through their donations.”

A team of volunteers are now putting the food packages together to support students in need. Students interested in getting involved can e-mail volunteer@lincolnsu.com.

For further information on the Foodbank or to make a donation, students can e-mail advice@lincolnsu.com.

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