14th August 2015

WARWICK UNIVERSITY STUDENTS MAKE BIG CONTRIBUTION TO TACKLE FOOD POVERTY

 

Students at Warwick University have collected and donated a huge amount of food for those suffering from food poverty in Coventry and Leamington .

As fellow students left their halls of residences for the summer, RAWKUS project volunteers collected excess packaged food left behind, including 428 crates made up of olive oils, cans, vegetables, pasta, rice and cereals. The total amount weighted over 10,700kg.

The donations have all been given to local charities including Coventry Cyrenians ,Emmaus Coventry , Carriers of Hope Coventry, Lillington Youth Centre, Leamington Night Shelter and Fry Housing Trust.

Food Poverty

 

Further collections have also taken place in Leamington, meaning that even more food can be donated to those who need extra supplies in the community.

The RAWKUS project, which was started two years ago, began with a few volunteers and has since turned into a larger movement, run entirely by students who work with the Students’ Union and university to reduce waste on campus.

With increased support from the university this year, the project was able to expanded its collection to Leamington and as an extra effort to increase donations, a September collection has also been planned, which will take place as postgraduate students end their academic year.

RAWKUS project volunteer, Gareth Knott, said: “It is a fact of national shame that in the fifth wealthiest country in the world, one million people need to use food banks. The Rawkus Project has grown to nearly 50 times its size in the last two years and is a testament to how a few people getting organised can achieve so much.”

Bebe Husakova, welfare and campaigns officer at Warwick University SU, said: “RAWKUS is really reinventing the way we recycle and have an impact in the local community as students. They are absolutely amazing and this year’s total is beyond exceptional – I hope this fantastic work will continue!”