UWS food bank shows the festive spirit is alive and well

By Jonny Clark

THE UNIVERSITY of the West of Scotland in Ayr has been collecting food from students and staff to give to local food banks.

With the festive period upon us, the South Ayrshire Foodbank Advent has been created by the local food bank with the aim of keeping the poor from going hungry at Christmas.

Mark Hamilton, who heads the ITDS team which is collecting food at the university, stressed the importance of goodwill during the festive period.

He said: “There are people out there that are not doing so well that need a bit of assistance. We thought that we would bear that in mind and do a little something to help those people out.

“We put something around the campus inviting people to bring in whatever they can afford, whatever they have lying in the house to bring it in and we will make sure it sees its way to the local food bank.”

Thursday’s food is a tin of tomatoes and Friday’s is a pack of biscuits, with the IT room looking for donations from all students at the university.

Mark talked about the aims for the food bank: “You can’t set a target for this sort of thing as you are relying on other people’s generosity.

“But we are hoping that we will have a delivery issue…”

So there are high hopes for the food bank here at UWS and with Christmas only 17 days away, the kind-hearted people in Information Technology Services look to take in as much food as possible for those less fortunate around South Ayrshire and are hoping you can do your bit to help.

Anyone who has donations can bring them into UWS, Ayr Campus.

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