R150 000 donation to the Wits Citizen Community Outreach by the Wits SRC.
THE STUDENT Representative Council (SRC) has recently donated R150 000 to the Wits Citizen Community Outreach (WCCO) food bank in an effort to ensure that food security on campus is sustainable.
The SRC treasurer general, Karabo Marutha, said: “Normally by this time the SRC would have student accommodation issues settled. However, we were still experiencing a number of students who did not have accommodation and food.”
The WCCO food bank has been maintained through donations from organisations such as the Gift of the Givers. Marutha said: “All donations made to the SRC come through our Humanitarian Fund, which is particularly for students’ urgent needs.”
“The SRC has in the past and continues to conduct campaigns to support the collection of non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.”
The WCCO senior programme advisor, Karuna Singh, said: “The SRC has in the past and continues to conduct campaigns to support the collection of non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.” Both Singh and Marutha confirmed that the R150 000 was raised through the #ACCESS campaign.
R20 000 should go to the “immediate needs” of the education students
Due to increased student needs on campus the SRC, in collaboration with WCCO, has made plans to launch the WCCO food bank on Education Campus. This is scheduled to start at the end of the second block.
Marutha said that R20 000 should go to the “immediate needs” of the education students, the balance amount of R130 000 would be “utilised for the daily food programme”.
This was in response to the cry of education students who are forced to come to main campus to access the food bank.
The WCCO and Wits SRC are trying to get different organisations, supermarkets, foundations and wholesalers, to sponsor the upcoming launch, in order to have an inclusive strategy for the Education Campus food bank.
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