Lincoln SU societies band together to fundraise and donate food to local food banks

The food drive will end on the 18th of November

Over 25 societies at the University of Lincoln are taking part in a fundraising and a food drive for food banks in Lincoln over the next week, ending on November, 18.

The Black Feminist Society has organised the event, with other Lincoln SU societies also joining in on the fundraising. They are asking anyone who can donate what they can to help local food banks and the community. In line with government guidelines, if you wish to donate, you must email [email protected] to let them know when you plan to drop off items. This is to allow for social distancing and reduce the risk of crowding.

The drop off point is outside the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union’s building. Items that are most in-demand are ready meals and toiletries like toilet paper and shower gel. However, they are asking students to donate whatever they can to help.

As a result of the national lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, campaigning for this event can only be spread digitally across social media sites.

The idea for this began last month when Parliament voted against providing children in England with food vouchers during the school holidays until next Easter, including Lincoln’s MP, Karl McCartney.

In a Facebook post, Naomi Khumalo said: “We have decided the best way to support kids within our community is to donate food to the local food banks. We will be calling food banks to see what they need and we would love for you to be part of this initiative as well. We understand that times are tough for everyone but we genuinely feel that if all of us contribute a little it could add up to a lot.

“On a personal note, some members of the BFS (Black Feminist Society) committee were free school meal kids and we imagine that some members of our SU and student community will also share the sentiments of how important it was for us to have received those meals to further our studies and get us into the positions we are in now.

“Many other societies have joined us in this but obviously the more the merrier!”

Abi Brown, VP of Activities said: “We are really proud of how our sports teams and societies have come together to support the Black Feminist Society with their Food Bank Drive.

“We hope that this inspires students to continue to work together for causes that are important to them and that benefit the wider Lincoln community.”