Free grub for new students

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Fresh fruit and vegetables. Pic © JMU Journalism

Fresh fruit and vegetables. Pic © JMU Journalism

A number of freshers who chose to come to university in Liverpool this year are in for an special treat.

The recently-launched ‘Student Grub Company’ has announced that it is planning to hand out over 1,400 free food hampers to new students as part of a scheme to encourage young people to eat well on a budget.

Founder April Green told JMU Journalism that the idea came from her son’s imminent departure for university and her wanting him “to have access to really good sourced produce that was accessible and not just cheap nasty takeaways”.

Mrs Green used her experience in bespoke catering as well as help from the StartUp Britain campaign to get the company up and running in time for this year’s freshers.

The packages include recipe cards as well as ingredients for quick and easy dishes with minimum washing up involved – the meals can be created using only one pan and a single chopping board and knife.

The ingredients are all locally sourced from across the country and offer students ideas as well as resources to make a healthy decision at dinner time, all for the same price of a takeaway pizza delivery.

Mrs Green’s explained that the scheme “is all about student-to-student interaction” and actually getting the teens to learn the skills when given the basic tools. Mrs Green plans to enhance the scheme by hosting group cooking activities to help get them involved.

About Stevie Pickering, JMU Journalism