Published: 21 September 2020
Launched in Term 2 2020, the Food Hub has since distributed over 3000 hampers and over 2000 pre-made meals through Dinner Hub!
In addition to Food Hub and Dinner Hub, Arc has set-up a 24/7 Food Hub Cupboard at Sam Cracknell Pavilion - filled with donations from the UNSW community and available for students to access at any time outside of Food Hub operating hours.
An initiative currently funded by Arc, it has been supported by several successful grant applications through NSW Government Multicultural Office and Randwick City Council. Islamic Society of UNSW (ISOC) food hampers were funded by ISOC and an International Connection Scholarship funded by Medibank and facilitated through ISEU.
Esmaeel Arab - a member of the ISOC executive says of the initiative:
"It was great seeing that we could do something for our fellow international students. Although our humble hampers may not be significant, it had a strong message of unity and support."
Zaib Javed - also a member of the ISOC executive:
“As a domestic student, I have been fortunate enough to be staying put with my family here during these uneasy times, however for so many international students and students from interstate, the reality is that they don’t have any family or proper support here - the university community is probably the most they have. So as an organisation on campus helping students with their needs, it felt like a duty of ours to give to the students who rely us so much. I hope with these hamper donations we can ease up some burdens for these students in these very challenging times.”
Food Hub operates out of Sam Cracknell Pavilion on the UNSW Main Walkway every Monday 2-4PM, Wednesday 3- 5PM and Friday 11AM-1PM, providing up to 200 hampers each day. An International Student Advisor is present at the Wednesday Food Hub to meet with international students, provide connection and an empathetic ear, as well as advice and support.