Greystones student launches initiative to combat student food insecurity

With the rising cost of living adding further to the already busy lives of students, a passionate team of students from Enactus TU in Dublin, including Greystones native Séan Breen, have unveiled a groundbreaking new project to address the food insecurity faced by many students like themselves.

The project aims to provide affordable and nutritious meals to struggling students. Focused on implementing modual solutions, the team are determined to make an impact on the lives of students struggling under the weight of the rising cost of living.

Recent studies have shown that 53.2% of students have listed food insecurity as a cause of great stress in their lives, on top of the sometimes stressful pursuit of academic aspirations.

The team’s mission is to raise €5000 to commission a food truck that will provide students with affordable meals that will also meet their nutritional needs. The team will undertake this through establishing a sustainable and scalable business model that will allow them to continue to offer their groundbreaking service.

“Our goal is to bridge the gap in food accessibility for students, by providing affordable meals and
using a transparent business model. We plan to do this through modular solutions, food trucks.”


“However, we don’t plan on stopping with students, we also plan to use these assets to branch out
and help the wider community. Collaborating with local soup kitchens and other organisations”
said
Seán Breen, chairperson of Enactus TU Dublin.

The team plans to calculate the cost price of their food products, apply a minimal margin to ensure sustainability, and sell the products at or near cost price. This is in contrast to the unregulated food prices in some canteens, which can charge up to €10 for meals.

“We believe that small actions can have a lasting impact. By fostering transparency and community
support, we can make strides in addressing student food insecurity.”
said the team, who will be
competing in the Enactus National competition this March.

And the Encatus team are asking the public for help in order to make this a reality. You can donate to this groundbreaking project by following this link.

The team are also asking the public to help share their project in order to garner as much support as possible.

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