Director of the University’s Student Life Peter Munster said many international students were unable to return home and had suffered due to loss of employment.
In response to this, from donations received by Woolworths and Foodbank Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland will distribute pre-cooked meals to support students experiencing hardship.
Mr Munster said the student response to the support initiatives had been overwhelming across the Springfield, Ipswich and Toowoomba campus locations.
“In the first week of the program we’ve received over 1000 donated meals, which will be shared between 250 students,” Mr Munster said.
The meals will be prepared by a skilled brigade of chefs and provided free to students affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic each week.
“We have supported our University community in several ways during this challenging time, including the $5.2 million Student Support Package to help with everything from living expenses to education supplies,” Mr Munster said.
The FareShare meal support initiative will see over 20,000 meals cooked and distributed across the greater South-East Queensland region to support students from 160 countries.
This initiative is being facilitated by Brisbane Marketing’s Study Brisbane program and has been extended for a further six weeks due to high demand.
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