University of Essex SU Offers Free Food to students
By April Norris
An Essex student union scheme, Eat and Meet, is providing a free home-cooked meal to students every Tuesday at 5-6pm and 6-7pm at The Atrium.
This is one way the SU is helping its students during the cost-of-living crisis. Essex Universities Student Union has come up with several initiatives to make sure no student is suffering in silence.
Yet this is not the only thing they are doing to ensure students are not struggling financially. The launch of the SU Student Pantry in SU Reception providing a range of free essential products. This can be accessed every weekday 9-5. It includes items such as deodorant, shower gel, toothpaste, milk, pasta, washing-up liquid, baked beans and rice. They also claim this comes with a no-questions asked to people needing to access the pantry. This will help eliminate the shame from the students who need it.
As well as this, Seven Essex food outlets are doing £2 meals. This includes Buffalo Joes, Canteen, Roost, Zest Fresh, Stem and Root, Cantina and Fusion Grill. To find out what this £2 deal includes go to the SU website to find out what kind of food their offering and whether your dietary requirements are covered. By having meals at only £2 gives students the opportunity to have a cheap meal that will not stretch their pocket.
A pop-up market was introduced on the 28th of November outside everything Essex from 11am-2pm Monday to Friday. They sell essential products like rice, pasta and teabags at significantly reduced prices, they’re even supporting the environment in the process with sustainable packaging but encourage students to bring their own carrier bags if they wish to purchase goods from the market.