Help­ing stu­dents in need

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

UWA is of­fer­ing help to stu­dents who are strug­gling to make ends meet.

It launched a stu­dent Food Pantry last year that aims to pro­vide ba­sic short-term food re­lief for stu­dents ex­pe­ri­enc­ing food in­se­cu­rity and fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

It pro­vides non-per­ish­able food items such as rice, dried fruit, pasta, UHT milk, ce­real, soup, chick­peas and tuna.

UWA Guild wel­fare of­fi­cer Tyson Mce­wan said stu­dents could ac­cess the con­fi­den­tial ser­vice by show­ing their stu­dent card at Stu­dent As­sist or the Guild Stu­dent Cen­tre.

“I meet stu­dents ev­ery day that are strug­gling to af­ford the ba­sics, so I hope this ini­tia­tive helps fill this gap and makes a tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence to these stu­dents’ lives,” Mr Mce­wan said.

Over the past year, an av­er­age of 50 stu­dents used the Guild Food Pantry each month, with num­bers on the rise as aware­ness spreads.

The UWA Stu­dent Guild also of­fers free in­de­pen­dent coun­selling, meal vouch­ers, in­ter­est-free loans and free fruit dur­ing Wel­fare Week and Soup & Sup­port events.

UWA Stu­dent Guild wel­fare of­fi­cer Tyson Mce­wan stock­ing the Food Pantry.

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