In a time where there is so much food waste being thrown away and yet people still go hungry Discovery is doing its bit through the Food Swansea Project.
Waste Free Wednesdays have been mentioned before in the blog, every Wednesday from 4pm to 6 pm Campus Catering serve up a delicious variety of food in Café Fusion on Singleton Park Campus. It’s open to anyone that wants to come and all we ask is that you make a donation of whatever you can spare or think the meal is worth, all proceeds go back to Discovery to fund our many projects. But the important part of this event is the ‘Waste Free’ element, all the food is made with food that has passed its sell-by date. Donated from Campus Catering and Supermarkets throughout Swansea this food is perfectly good to eat but would usually be thrown away. The key point is that sell-by and use-by dates are different things, sell-by just means that shops can’t sell the product after that date as it is approaching the end of its life but it is still perfectly good to eat for days or week after depending on the product. This leads to mountains of food going to landfill, something Waste free Wednesdays is trying to address.
With all that waste food in mind, it was fantastic news last week when Waste Free Wednesday had to end early as they had completely run out of food! Absolutely every last morsel was served up and devoured (I barely manged to get any food myself)! Additionally all the donations added up to a massive £118! Good news all round.
Another regular event run as part of the Food Swansea project are the Community Meals. Some older and vulnerable people can become isolated so meeting with others over a nice meal is a great opportunity to socialise. Last week volunteers went to Pontarddulais to cook and serve a meal for locals. There is also another Community Meal today on Singleton campus.
As you may recall last week there were a range of taster voluntary opportunities running as part of Student Volunteering Week. We are pleased to report the reaming events went really well. Volunteers painted an enormous 340 individual books on the walls of the room for a new homework club in St Stevens Church of the Parish of St Thomas and Kilvey. The room is almost done and with IT equipment donated by Swansea University the homework club should be up and running soon. Also for Student Volunteering Week the planting of 300 daffodil bulbs in Ivy Bush Court to brighten up the area. Overall 432 hours by 66 volunteers were achieved throughout the week, a fantastic achievement.
This weekend the new team of student trustees were in training, learning about their responsibilities and duties. They also planned what they will be doing throughout there year as student trustees. The student trustees play an important role in the organisation and running of Discovery and are fully involved along with the non-student trustees and staff in decisions affecting Discovery.
Want to meet the new trustees for a chat or just fancy socialising with other members of Discovery? Then come along to the Discovery office on Thursday 2nd from 5pm to 7pm. The trustees will be there as well as a range of Fair Trade products to celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight.