Student Eats

Project name: Student Eats

Lead organisation: National Union of Students

Project partners: The Soil Association, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming, Plunkett Foundation

Project summary:   

Students Eats empowers students to grow their own low-carbon, on-campus food. This is because students want to live more sustainable, healthy lives, and because it brings huge benefits across community, education and enterprise.

This work is going to be radically scaled up over five years – helping more students to turn parts of their campus into vibrant, growing spaces and supporting them in creating their own social enterprises based on sustainable food. This will help to put students at the heart of the solution to our social, economic and environmental problems.

Project outcomes:

  1. Establishment of new student-led social enterprises: 60 food co-ops, farmers markets, veg bag schemes, preserve making groups and other small food enterprises, and 7 larger enterprises
  2. Improved understanding of sustainable food issues resulting in an increase of between 5 and 7% in pro-environmental behaviour
  3. Improved employability skills of 3,000 young people by 2020
  4. Better connected and more resilient local community through links with local food enterprises, where over £300,000 worth of food is traded locally through Students’ Local Food Enterprise in five years. Food will be traded within 30 miles (100 miles for London). This will bring environmental benefits due to reduced transport and creating a market for locally grown produce.

Primary counties working in: UK-wide

Website: National Union of Students

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