The Government has recently voted to oppose Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend the free school meals scheme into the holidays, which includes the upcoming October half term.

We believe that no child should go hungry, especially during a global pandemic. As we are a part of the High Wycombe community we understand that we must all do what we can to help those in need, and with only days until half-term starts, we have decided to open up our on-site café, The Lounge, from noon-2pm to provide school aged children in need with a free hot meal throughout the whole week. 

FAQ

When are the free meals available?

We are offering the free meals during half term week, (Monday 26 October - Friday 30 October) we will be serving the food between noon and 2pm.

 

Where are the free meals available?

At Bucks New University, there will be signage to direct you in a safe manner to where we are serving the meals. Head to Queen Alexandra Rd, High Wycombe HP11 2JZ and our volunteers will be able to point you in the right direction. You can find a map and directions here.

 

What do I need to bring?

Absolutely nothing! PLease just make sure to follow all COVID guidelines and use the track and trace app where possible.

 

Will there be parking available?

Unfortunately we can not offer parking on campus due to being a busy University.

 

How many meals are available?

Thanks to some amazing generosity from the local community, we have been able to order in plenty of food. However, we can only order in so much food and whilst we would love to feed as many as possible, this will have to be subject to availability as we order more in.

 

Is it safe with COVID?

The Lounge has been, and will continue to operate in a COVID-secure manner, with staff wearing masks, the NHS Track and Trace scan upon arrival and hand sanitiser stations placed throughout, the safety of those joining us on campus will always be a priority.

 

Can I help?

We have been overwhelmed by support with volunteers, but please email jade.collis@bucks.ac.uk to see if there are any spots available.

We have also been humbled by donations from the community to assist us in providing these meals - if you would like to donate, please head to our Just Giving page. Any residual funds will be donated to similar schemes or food banks.

 

 

Allergens

Penne pasta with tomato & basil sauce

Allergens: contains wheat and gluten

 

Gluten free penne pasta with tomato & basil sauce

Allergens: contains none of the 14 food allergens

 

2 Sausages, chips & baked beans

Allergens:

Sausage contains sulphites, wheat & gluten

Chips & baked beans contain none of the 14 allergens

 

2 Quorn sausages, chips & baked beans

Allergens:

Sausage contains barley, egg, milk, wheat & gluten

Chips & baked beans contain none of the 14 allergens

 

Tomato soup, roll & butter

Allergens: contains celery, gluten, milk & wheat

 

Fruit yoghurt pot

Allergens: contains milk

 

Fresh fruit

Allergens: contains none of the 14 food allergens

With the spike in demand for food banks throughout the pandemic and many families in a worse position now than they were during the summer, we not only want to ensure that we can do our part to provide access to free meals throughout the half term but that we can do so in a COVID-secure way and help to keep people safe. The Lounge has been, and will continue to operate in a COVID-secure manner, with staff wearing masks, the NHS Track and Trace scan upon arrival and hand sanitiser stations placed throughout, the safety of those joining us on campus will always be a priority. Unfortunately, due to the lack of space on campus, we are unable to offer parking to visitors.

Our CEO, Tristan Tipping had this to say, "It is desperately sad that in modern society, here in the UK, any child should be going hungry. We were shocked when the Government didn’t support the latest proposals, and if, throughout this half term, anyone was going to go without food the Union felt very strongly that we should do something to help. We are extremely grateful that the Clare Foundation are supporting our Wellbeing Month and this initiative falls perfectly into that, the response from students and staff after a call for volunteers has been amazing."

If you wish to volunteer your time to help out during the half term please email jade.collis@bucks.ac.uk. We will also have donation points available for anyone who wishes to donate food or personal hygiene products, which will then be used towards food bank parcels for families in need and, if you can't make it in to donate, we have set up a Just Giving page where all donations will be utilised in similar schemes or donated to food banks.