Plans to provide daily meals for thousands in need in Leicester announced

Students are set to help provide thousands of daily meals to people in need across Leicester under a new proposal announced by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

The plans were revealed at the United Nations (UN) in New York this week by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard. He outlined a commitment from students to run the social enterprise.

Groups which would benefit would include refugees and asylum seekers, the homeless, children in after-school programmes, local prisoners and fellow students.

The scheme would be modelled on the Akshaya Patra charity in India, a national operation which provides more than 1.5 million meals to children every day under the banner “no child shall be deprived of education because of hunger”.

The announcement was made by Professor Shellard during a speech at the 67th annual DPI/NGO Conference, the premier event of the UN’s NGO calendar.

He said: “We are going to partner with Akshaya Patra to create kitchens in Leicester so that we can provide thousands of meals every day.”

“These are going to be members of the society who are not catered for in that regard including refugees and asylum seekers with whom we work extensively. That stems from our commitment to public good.”

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