This year LSHTM staff have embraced the gift of giving and taken part in a Festive Food Drive organised by fellow staff members Ayisha Govindasamy (left) and Anna Kramer (right)! The drive was in aid of Euston Food Bank and Bloody Good Period, to help those struggling particularly over the winter months.
We caught up with the pair to find out more:
Q: Where did the idea of the Festive Food Drive come from?
“We wanted to do something very Christmassy with a charitable element. We thought a festive food drive would be an amazing idea as it’s something everyone can get involved with!
People relying on food banks is increasing, and they are becoming especially important around the north London area due to the high cost of living.
When we started to promote the drive, we also found out about Bloody Good Period, a charity who tackles period poverty by providing sanitary products for those who can’t afford them. A colleague who works with research on menstrual hygiene in Africa recommended we add this as part of the drive, which turned out to be a great idea, mirroring the work LSHTM is doing to support female migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, as well as sexual and reproductive health.
As well as food and sanitary product donations, colleagues also donated cash which meant we could purchase things that were specifically in demand at food banks across London.”
Q: How has the response been to the drive?
“The response has been better than we expected for its first time! We didn’t really know if people would catch on in the busy run up to the holiday period, but the wide communications across the staff networks paid off and we’ve collected items ranging from tinned goods and Christmas chocolates, to toothpaste, tampons, and tea and coffee. ”
A huge thank you to all those who donated to the Festive Food Drive.