Students at Forth Valley College will be offered their most important meal of the day for free after the launch of a new initiative.
All three FVC Campuses at Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa will set up a ‘Healthy Breakfast Table’ with cereal, fresh fruit and porridge available for students to help themselves from 8.30am-9.30am, without going through the till, starting from the week beginning Monday 17 October.
It is hoped this will not only support students during ongoing difficult financial times, but promote positive physical and mental well-being, increase student attendance and hopefully attainment.
Karyn King, FVC’s Operations Manager in the Department of Creative, Digital and Leisure Industries, said: “With the cost of living increase hitting everybody hard, we thought it would be a great idea to try and support all students to get a good, healthy breakfast. They do not have to go through the till, so there is no stigma if anyone wants to help themselves. We have initially estimated to serve at least 140 students per week across our three campuses, but these are very loosely forecasted figures, and we are aiming to offer this service to anyone who needs it!”
Amber Little, President of the Forth Valley Student Association, said: “Something like this is a welcome initiative in this cost of living crisis. Research done by the National Union of Students Scotland says that 60% of students worry about their finances frequently or all of the time and 35% had considered dropping out because of money worries. If we can do something to alleviate some of that stress, then that’s a win in my eyes.”
Professor Ken Thomson OBE, Principal of Forth Valley College, said: “Initiatives such as this are going to be vital for many of our students through the coming winter months. I am very proud of the steps our College community are taking to support our students at this difficult time.”