Kent Giving Week

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Raising £25,000 to provide 10,000 meals for students facing hardship

Thank you for supporting Kent Giving Week 2023.

A recent survey of UK students found a monthly shortfall of £439 between the average student’s maintenance loan and living costs. 10% of students recorded having used a food bank in the last academic year and 37% said the cost of living crisis might prevent them from continuing their studies altogether.

It's against this backdrop that Kent Giving Week 2023 set out to support our student community with the aim of raising £25,000 to provide 10,000 meals for individuals who need them most. With a vibrant and varied schedule of events, there were plenty of ways for everyone to get involved - from '5k Your Way', music and comedy events, net-walking breakfasts to cooking shows and even a recipe book! 

Even now it's not too late to get involved - Can you provide a hot meal for a student in need?

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The Thrifty Cook

A fundraising cookbook supporting students facing financial hardship

As part of Kent Giving Week, we have created a cookbook jam-packed with recipes, all for under £5 per serving. We have had some fantastic contributions from the likes of Joe Wicks, Ainsley Harriott, local chefs, staff, alumni and students.

Are you a student facing financial hardship?

If you are a University of Kent student having to choose between 'heating and eating' and are facing financial hardship, please see the support available to you by visiting our cost of living resources. No student should have to go without food.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to set up your own event in support of students facing hardship, please email the team via

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