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Cost of living crisis: Free food for students supported by Inverness Common Good Fund

By Val Sweeney

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Free lunch of soup and a roll was introduced at UHI Inverness last year.
Free lunch of soup and a roll was introduced at UHI Inverness last year.

Funding to support a free breakfast and lunch scheme for students at UHI Inverness facing hardship has been welcomed.

The Inverness Common Good Fund has allocated £22,300 to help fund the project.

UHI Inverness is also receiving £10,000 from Highland Council’s Community Support Initiative – Cost of Living Fund to help support the provision of an on-campus food bank, The Larder, to support those most in need.

Lindsay Snodgrass, vice principal of UHI Inverness, welcomed the additional funding.

"We are very aware of the impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on our students and we have introduced initiatives to ensure that no one goes hungry or has to leave their course before successful completion due to financial pressures," she said.

"We serve approximately 650 free breakfasts and 930 free lunches a week and our new food larder has also had a successful start supporting those most in need with food provisions.

"We also provide the ingredients to allow students to join our virtual cooking evening classes to help them cook on a budget.

"We are delighted that these grants will support the provision of this much-needed food aid for our students, which is critical to support their wellbeing and to ensure their studies are not disrupted by their financial difficulties.

"We appreciate that in awarding the common good funding, our local councillors recognise the hardship that many of our students are facing.

"Both funding awards will ensure that we can continue to support our students during this crisis in a meaningful way that makes a big difference to their lives."

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