More than 7,000 new University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University students will receive a free food box as part of an initiative to show young people how to eat well on a budget.
In partnership with the Student Grub Company, locally-sourced fruit and vegetables will be provided along with herbs, pulses and dried goods to encourage students to cook healthy meals for themselves and their new flatmates.
Even novice cooks will be able to rustle up a really tasty dinner using just one knife, one board and one pan as recipe cards are also included in each food box. Dishes include ‘Cor Blimey Couscous’ with sautéed vegetables and herbs, ‘Mama Mia Risotto’ with leek, mushroom and tarragon, ‘Mighty Morrocan Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry’ and ‘Ole Tomato and Bean Mexican Stew.’
Each weekly hamper box has enough food to last four or five days and normally costs £12 – equal to the price of one large takeaway pizza.
The recipes have been devised by Student Grub founder and passionate foodie, April Green, who was inspired to set up the company when her son was about to start university.
April explained: “Empowering students to cook for themselves will be the focal point of my business this year. I’ll be working in collaboration with residential assistants at both universities and the Liverpool Guild of Students’ Green Fund, delivering loads of fun Student Grub activities in halls during the academic year.”
Alex Ferguson, Vice President of Liverpool Guild of Students leading on sustainable issues, said: “It’s fantastic that we could work with halls’ wardens and use Green Guild funding to offer grub boxes to University of Liverpool students. Learning how to cook healthy food on a budget is hugely important to students moving to University for the first time – so being able to offer them fresh products is a great way to get them started. We provide students with lots of opportunities to eat healthily, one of which is our newly established food cooperative in our Guild shop, where students can buy vegetables and student prices.”
Accommodation providers involved in this project are Unite, Sanctuary Students, CLV, Liberty Living, Victoria Hall and Fresh Student Living, covering thirteen student halls.
The Student Grub Company uses Prescotts Farm in Ormskirk – a third generation fruit and veg farmers and wholesaler – to supply fresh local produce. Combined with its recycled and reusable boxes, this means that the company is supporting North West businesses and helping protect the planet too.
For more information on Student Grub, go to www.student-grub.com