As a student, it can be difficult to make ends meet, especially if you are on a tight budget. Thankfully, there are resources available to help those who may be struggling to put food on the table. One such resource is food banks. Food banks are non-profit organizations that provide free or low-cost food to individuals and families in need.
If you are a student at Canterbury Campus and are in need of assistance, here are some resources to help you find a food bank near you:
- University of Kent Campus Pantry (Canterbury)
Campus Pantry is a scheme that provides short-term support to students who find themselves in need of supplemental food. It is located in Mandela Student Centre and the distribution times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 12:00 – 16:00. To use the service for the first time simply go to the Mandela Student Centre Reception during the distribution times, you do not need to answer any questions or show any proof of financial hardship, just your Student ID. You will then be able to select up to 10 food items to ensure your food parcel meets your dietary needs.
- The Canterbury Food Bank
The Canterbury Food Bank is run by the Canterbury Food Bank Trust and is located on Military Road. They provide food parcels to individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulties. To receive a food parcel, you must be referred by a professional such as a doctor, social worker, or a Citizens Advice Bureau.
- The Salvation Army Canterbury
The Salvation Army in Canterbury runs a food bank which provides food parcels to individuals and families in need. To receive a food parcel, you will need to be referred by a professional such as a doctor, social worker, or a Citizens Advice Bureau.
If you are a student at our Medway Campus, these are the useful resources to find a food bank nearby:
- The Hub
The Hub at Medway offers an emergency food package of 5 items. You can use this service by completing this online form.
- Medway Foodbank
Medway Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people.
- Family Food Bank
Through the support of the community and FareShare Kent The Family Food Bank offer a Family Food Box for about £8.50. This will feed a family of four, two meals a day for five days. You are required to collect a voucher from a professional partner or distribution centre and exchange this for a food box.
It’s important to remember that food banks are there to provide assistance to those in need. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. You can also consider reaching out to the Wellbeing services within Kent Union and the University for support and advice.