Donations needed for Christmas food drive

Sheffield On A Plate LogoBy Jennifer Delvin

Christmas is just around the corner and with it comes the reminder that not everyone is as lucky as most. There are those who will be without the Christmas dinner that we've been looking forward to all year, so why not help out and donate it to the Christmas Food Drive?

Sheffield On A Plate, a partnership project that works to ensure those in need have access to food, have organised a food drive hoping to make Christmas a happier time for those less fortunate.

The food drive is running until 4pm on Friday 19th December. There are numerous drop off points around the university including the Students' Union foyer and the receptions at The Edge and The Ridge.

All non­perishable foods are welcome and will go to five worthy groups that aim to help out those in need: PXI­ Parson Cross Initiative, Fir Vale Food Bank, Sheffield Foodcycle, Firth Park Food Bank and the Cathedral Archer Project.

Sheffield On A Plate is a partnership project made up of Fareshare Yorkshire, Grow Sheffield and the local community food network and the three higher education institutions of Sheffield including the University of Sheffield.

These connections give the project, which is the first environmentally focused partnership between the universities and colleges of Sheffield, a potential reach of over 83,000 students, not including the many Sheffield residents that will also be involved.

The project has five main themes: growing food, buying local, cooking food, food banks and sustainability. They aim to help environmental issues and social inequality in the community by teaching their audience how to waste less and share more.

The Sheffield On A Plate project runs all year round, so be on the lookout for further events and campaigns to help out those in need. This year there has been a twofold rise in the number of food banks in Sheffield which need your support. Why not begin by donating this holiday period to ensure that everyone can have a happy Christmas?

For more information on Sheffield On A Plate, check out their website, or visit the Christmas Food Drive Facebook page.