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Hungry student? New scheme provides meals on the cheap

The typical image of student food is beans on toast – but one new scheme aims to change that picture.

Image: UCD Students' Union

THE IMAGE OF students living off beans and toast is a common one – but a Dublin university’s students’ union is aiming to change that.

UCD Students’ Union has teamed up with M&K Meats Ltd to launch their Clever Cuisine scheme, which offers students weekly packs of four easy-to-cook meals made from fresh meat and vegetables for just €10.

Skipped meals

The idea for the scheme came following a survey of 500 UCD students last year that showed 81 per cent had skipped meals in the previous month in order to pay unavoidable academic costs.

It also found that students were forced to move away from home-cooked nutritious meals towards unhealthy junk food.

Following this, the Students’ Union approached M&K Meats to develop a project with the aim of “making tasty, wholesome meals available to students at a fair and low price”.

Clever Cuisine

The partnership has resulted in clevercuisine.ie, which is the first scheme of its kind in Dublin.

Students can buy a weekly meal pack online for €10, which contains sets of ingredients and recipes for four meals.

The Clever Cuisine people say all the ingredients are “fresh, unprocessed and quick and easy to cook”.

The meal packs are delivered directly to the Students’ Union for collection every Monday evening at 6pm and students or their parents can order the pack from home online on www.clevercuisine.ie.

It’s not just UCD students who can benefit – people using a non-UCD student email address can order the same way and buy their week’s meals for €12.

Rachel Breslin, UCD Students’ Union President, said that she felt the Students’ Union “had a role here to help students and develop a solution” in finding healthy food.

We are delighted to be able to offer our students this scheme and hope it will ease the financial burden for students and their parents.

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