AISHA HAMIDI

Brunel volunteering group, Team v, will be campaigning to raise awareness about the
realities facing people in food poverty, exploring the causes and consequences and
galvanising the public to support food aid initiatives in their ‘Beyond a tin of food’
campaign.
Since 2011, the number of people using foodbanks has gone up 610%, from just over 128,000
to nearly 1 Million in three years. A growing number of people are going hungry and being
forced to rely on foodbanks to feed their families. A major factor contributing to this increase
is that people’s incomes are staying the same whilst living costs are going up and changes to
benefits have also made a big impact. We live in the sixth richest country in the world, yet
more and more people are going hungry every year.
The team, which consisted of young Brunel volunteers, held a food collection and donation
stall in ‘The Atrium’ in the Hamilton Centre on the 9th and 10th of December between 11am-
4pm. It provided them the opportunity to inform their local community on the causes and
consequences of food poverty while collecting non-perishable food items to support the
Hillingdon Foodbank. Students and staff were invited to come and learn more about the campaign ‘Beyond a tin of food’ and to kindly donate non-perishable food items on the selected days.