Today in the UK there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis such as losing a job, or a delay in benefit payments, can mean that a family goes hungry.
UK Foodbanks work with local voluntary organisations to provide emergency food and support to people in crisis.
The way it works is that people donate non-perishable food to their local foodbank, and volunteers sort it and pack it into emergency parcels. Care professionals such as doctors and social workers are then able to give a voucher to people in crisis. With the voucher, they can go to the foodbank and get enough food to last at least three days. At the same time, the people at the foodbank listen to them and help them, if necessary, to find more long-term support.
The Chaplaincy’s Meeting House Group has decided to support the local foodbank, which is based in Rhydyfelin. Students and staff are asked to donate, on a regular basis, non-perishable foods such as:
- tinned food (meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, puddings etc.)
- long-life liquids (UHT milk, fruit juice etc.)
- dry food (tea-bags, sugar, breakfast cereal, pasta, rice etc.)
You can bring your donations to the Meeting House on the Treforest Campus, or to the Admissions Office in the Aneurin Bevan Building on the Glyntaff Campus, Room GT582.
If you are a student, you are welcome to join the Meeting House Group.
What is the Meeting House Group?
The Meeting House Group is open to all students, of every faith and none. It has three aims:
- to encourage students to engage in goodwill projects which benefit others, both within the university, and further afield;
- to encourage students from different backgrounds to build strong and genuine relationships with each other, through social activities and other events;
- to improve engagement between students and the local community.
It is sponsored and supported by the Chaplaincy, and meets regularly at the Meeting House. All members of the group are committed to respecting the beliefs and opinions of others and treating them with courtesy and respect at all times.