On Thursday 31st October, students from University of South Wales Students’ Union and Cardiff University Students’ Union will be putting a different spin on trick or treating to combat food poverty.
Food poverty occurs when people are unable to afford or access food to make up a healthy diet. It is not just about having enough food to eat but enough nutrition as well, this includes enough fruit and vegetables.
Students dressed in Halloween costumes will ask their community for food donations instead of treats for local foodbanks.
Food Poverty is an issue we see in the press all too frequently. According to a report from South Wales Food Poverty Alliance, 26% of people aged 16–34 ran out of food in the past year. At Cardiff University Students’ Union, we want to help those who are hungry this Halloween. That is why the Cardiff Volunteering team, Students’ Union President Jackie Yip and VP Welfare and Campaign James Wareham are teaming up with University South Wales Students’ Union to collect food for local food banks as part of their Trick or TrEAT campaign.
Trick or TrEAT
Students dressed in Halloween costumes will ask their community for food donations instead of treats for local foodbanks. The campaign was started by the University of South Wales Students’ Union and has been running for a few years covering student areas in Treforest and Newport.
We asked President of University of South Wales Students’ Union Mish Wickremasinghe about the campaign. He said:
‘USW Students’ Union has been collecting food for local foodbanks for the last two years. We have donated 500 food items since the campaign began which we hope has helped raise awareness of food poverty’
Our Students’ Union President Jackie Yip commented:
‘We are so excited to be working in partnership with the USW Students’ Union this year on something really unique! We know our students already do amazing things for our local community through Cardiff Volunteering and I thank the USW SU for offering us the opportunity to work with them on this project. It’s a shining example of student power in achieving something really meaningful.’
James, VP Welfare and Campaigns said:
“I’m so excited to be running this campaign with USW Students’ Union this year to benefit such an important cause. The keen interest from our students just goes to show how dedicated and willing to help they are, and going out into the community not only benefits those that access the foodbanks, but also shows the community just how wonderful our students are. It is a simple but effective campaign that brings together individuals from all areas of the University (and also another university!) to do good in our community and give back to areas so important to them.”
According to a report from South Wales Food Poverty Alliance, 26% of people aged 16–34 ran out of food in the past year.
Where will the food go?
The groups of volunteers will collect food from local residents in Cathays and the Heath. The collations will then be donated to Cardiff Foodbank to help those families most in need this winter.
How can I get involved?
It is really easy to get involved with this charitable event. If you’ve purchased a free volunteer ticket, then we will keep you up to date with the relevant information. If you’re not able to volunteer, you can still drop food at the Cardiff Volunteering office on the 2nd floor of the Students’ Union in Cathays which will be donated as part of the campaign.
We are collecting non-perishable items. This includes packets of rice, pasta and tinned goods.