UWA Student Food Pantry wins Floreat Lions Club Grant

Published on 20 November 2017

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Floreat Lions is proud to announce UWA Guild Food Pantry as the winner of the October In My Community Initiative $500 grant.  The Food Pantry project assists students to access basic essentials required for everyday living.

The Guild Food Pantry was launched in 2016 by the UWA Student Guild Welfare Department and Student Assist to address the reality of food insecurity of UWA students.

UWA Guild welfare officer Tyson McEwan said the Food Panty creates a low barrier, easily accessible way for students that are struggling to make ends meet.

"We provide non-perishable essential food items such as rice, dried fruit, pasta, UHT milk, cereal, soup, chickpeas and tuna."

"Currently on average there are 60 students a month accessing the service with this increasing every month, demand is starting to exceed supply.  So a big thankyou to the Floreat Lions Club for the kind donation, it is very much appreciated," Mr McEwan said.

A recent survey of 12,000 university students showed that two-thirds of full-time university students lived below the poverty line and one in five occasionally went without food.

There are a number of factors, both financial and personal, which contribute to a person's current situation, including; a low income, casual-type work, and reduced hours of availability for work due to competing class times and personal commitments such as family or caring responsibilities.

Floreat Lions Club Membership Organiser, David Spencer, said the In My Community Initiative awards a one off sponsorship of $500 to a worthy community based project in the Town of Cambridge as chosen by our club members.

"To be considered for selection, simply email the Floreat Lions Club and tell us about your project and how it will improve our community," Mr Spencer said.

Interested groups seeking to be part of the Floreat Lions In My Community Initiative or individuals seeking to become Lions Club members should contact the club the website.