Students weigh in with huge 1.5 tonne collection of food for local foodbanks (From Bournemouth Echo)
When news happens text pix and video to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.
Students weigh in with huge 1.5 tonne collection of food for local foodbanks
5:40am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
BURSTING: Bournemouth University students who spent the day collecting food from supermarkets in the area to give to food banks
STUDENTS collected a whopping 1.5 tonnes of cereals, pasta, tins and jars for local foodbanks on Wednesday.
Divided into seven teams, the 40 or so freshers from Bournemouth University collected donations of food and cash from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose stores in Bournemouth, Christ-church and Poole.
The Big Feed was organised alongside national food bank charity the Trussell Trust in response to the high demand currently experienced by food banks in the area.
The trust’s Bournemouth foodbank fed the eighth largest number of people in the UK.
One participant, 18-year-old Camilla Dann from Bristol, said: “A couple of girls from the union knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to join in, I didn’t think too much of it at that time.
“It is the first thing I have done for charity and I am so pleased I got involved.
“It gives you such a buzz, and the local people are so generous. I am part of this community now so it is good to be able to contribute.”
Kim Appleton, Students’ Union Volunteering Co-ordinator, said: “We wanted to get the freshers thinking about volunteering and what they can do for the community from day one.
“It’s also good for their CVs of course.
“Volunteering is not something a lot of people think about doing, and this shows students what they can get out of it.”
The students collected enough food to feed some 700 people for a day, as well as cash which will be donated to foodbanks across the town.
Trussell Trust events fund-raising manager Mark Elling added: “We rely on volunteers so it is great to get a new generation involved, it’s an exciting dep-arture for us.
“They have done an amazing job.”
Comments are closed on this article.