Sat. Jul 20th, 2019

UCT Phonathon raises funds for its food programme

South Africa’s matric results universitiesThe University of Cape Town’s annual phonathon has begun to raise funds for hungry students.

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) has begun to raise funds for its food programme. This forms part of the university’s annual Phonathon and will continue until 13 July.

As reported in the Cape Argus on 25 June, this is the university’s sixth annual Phonathon. This event gives the alumni a chance to donate funds to the cause. 

Additionally, the Student Representative Council chairperson, Asanda Lobelo, said that the food program was an opportunity for UCT students to help those less fortunate.

“Students are struggling with funds, and some of them are sleeping with an empty stomach almost every day. We urge our alumni to help us with this initiative.”

A growing hunger at UCT

University students going hungry was a growing concern for the vice-chancellor of UCT, Mamokgethi Phakeng.

The food program was launched last year in November.

“Last year, the National Research Foundation reported that more than 30% of the country’s students are food insecure, compared with 26% of the population. Campus food insecurity remains high at institutions across the country, including UCT.”

UCT departments come together

As a matter of fact, the university’s food program consists of students and staff volunteers from various departments. Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Transformation, Professor Loretta Feris has led the program for some time.  

Surprisingly, the food program has provided more than 600 daily lunches for students on the upper campus. 

Feris stated that their goal would be in 2020, UCT students will be able to get food vouchers that would be redeemable at the university’s Food and Connect outlets on the campus. 

“The cost of a single daily voucher, based on the 2019 costs, is R32. A total of R1.5 million is projected to be needed to fund the programme in 2020.”

The university aims to have a sustainable food program that will provide dignity to its hungry students.

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