St Hilda’s students donate food left in College to local food banks

first_imgThe project, led by student Kamran Sharifi, aims to make use of the food left by students over the vacation in the college kitchens. James Cockayne added: “My role in the operation wasfairly simple. I helped go through kitchens and divide food into things wecould donate and stuff we couldn’t, and then prepare it to be taken to bedonated. “Throughout my time in Oxford, and indeed even more soduring this period of pandemic, the privilege of being able to study here hasbecome very apparent. As students, we live in comfortable gated communities ina city with huge wealth inequality. I think the motivation for this fooddonation was to try our best to do our bit for those who live in Oxford who arestruggling at this time, and redirect what would have been waste into somethingmore positive.” Studentsand staff at St Hilda’s have been making use of food left in college to supportlocal food banks struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Sadly, it’s likely that most people won’t be back at St.Hilda’s for a long time, so a lot of this food will go off and go to waste.Following on from the amazing charity work that we’ve already done as a collegeduring this corona period (led by Holly Jackson, Jane Bennett and Izzy Davies),we’ve got another opportunity to reduce food waste and help those in need inthe community.” Aided by fellow students Toto Gill and James Cockayne,the group set up a spreadsheet and posted it to the St Hilda’s JCR page,allowing those not in college to indicate their preference for whether theirfood was used in the scheme. Head Porter Peter Marston provided his van to distributethe food.center_img St Hilda’s staff have also been helping the community. A spokespersonsaid: “At St Hilda’s, we are happy to have been able to help with local effortsto support the NHS in a small but practical way. Our Domestic Bursar andmembers of her team have been busy gathering protective aprons and gloves fromour own stores and collecting donations from colleges across the University,all of which went to the John Radcliffe Hospital to help the NHS workers there. “We are also very proud of our students’ efforts to workwith charities to help the local community. They have fundraised for OxfordFood Bank and exceeded their target by raising over £600.” Kamran Sharifi told Cherwell how the scheme came about: “The other day I had the good fortune of chancing upon three Cornettos and some cranberry juice whilst raiding the SCR pantry fridge, and having rooted around college for a bit it’s obvious that there’s loads of food left here. JCR president Georgina Findlay said: “It’s been anexceptional year for charitable work and fundraising at St Hilda’s and it’s soheartening to see these efforts continuing to help the wider Oxford communityduring this difficult period. St Hilda’s has demonstrated a spirit of truealtruism to support the community of the city we all love and appreciate somuch.”last_img

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