Kind-hearted students are emptying out their cupboards to help the needy - and save the planet.
University of Central Lancashire scholars who are heading home for the summer are being urged to pile any left over, unopened, food from their cupboards into shopping trollies so it can be donated to local food banks.
The initiative , organised as part of the Students Union Green Ladder Project, is one of only 25 projects like this funded in universities across the UK.
Emma Bartlet, project manager, said the idea is to collect the unused food tins and packets of dry food - including rice and pasta from the students who are moving out of the halls or shared houses for the summer.
She added: “ This is the food that usually gets thrown away even though it is in perfectly good condition. Not only the food is wasted but it also increases the landfill and the carbon footprint.”
Emma said that ‘Green Ladder Volunteers’ will be moving around the campus giving out flyers, spreading the word and also making rounds around the university including the halls of residences with a food trolley so that people can give their spare food.”
More than half a trolley full was collected in the first sweep and the mountain is now growing. Unwanted food can also be dropped off at the SU Opportunities centre where the trolley will be stationed for the next two weeks. All this food will go the Salvation Army which runs a food bank in Preston for families in need.
Emma said: “Green Ladder is all about us all using less carbon. By food not ending up in landfill we will be helping with this while also helping to feed local families who cannot feed themselves.”
Other initiatives taking place as part of the project will see staff across university growing radishes..Emma said the vegetable was chosen because it is easy to grow and people are now watering seedlings from their desks and office windowsills.