Food Bank

The HUS collect non-perishable food stuffs at the end of each term to be donated to the Cambridge food bank and help those struggling to feed themselves and their families during the economic downturn. If when you’re packing you find a few spare cans of food lying around the kitchen cupboard, or have a few pence spare for an extra bag of dry pasta, then please bring them along to the HUS office. Throughout the year, if you find you have anything you don’t want anymore and hasn’t been opened, we’ll make sure they won’t go to waste.

What to donate:

  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Canned desserts
  • Canned meat
  • Canned fish
  • Canned/powder soup
  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Crisps and snacks
  • Jam
  • Tea bags and instant coffee
  • Toilet roll

It doesn’t have to be much, but the odd can of soup could be a full meal for someone on a low income that can barely afford their rent.

If you’d like to know more about the food bank scheme in Cambridge, go to their website at


Charity in Cambridge


Raising And Giving (Charity at a university level)

A bit about them…

We are an independent student-run charity fundraising organisation at the University of Cambridge. As the minds behind Jailbreak, Blind Date and Lost, we raise over £100,000 each year through various central and college events, public collections and expeditions and more.

We are linked to other RAGs through NaSFA (National Student Fundraising Association).

For a sneaky peak Click here!

Who do they support?

2017 Charities


Cambridge Central Aid
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre
FoodCycle Cambridge
Haven House
Jimmy’s Night Shelter


beat: Eating Disorders


Street Child
Against Malaria Foundation
Cool Earth
Action Against Hunger


Jailbreak! (a chance to see how far away from Cambridge you can get…)
For more info Click here!

Blind Date (love is in the air…)
For more info Click here!

Lost (can you find your way back to Cambridge from the middle of nowhere…?)
For more info Click here!

There are many more events hosted by RAG. To find out more about them, visit their events page

Look out for…

  • Children In Need in November
  • Green Week in March
  • Information on all the events listed
  • Updates on CUSU and their environmental and ethical campaigns – Click here!

Get excited little beans!

A Guide to Recycling Facilities at Homerton

1.Your kitchen

Rules for the recycling bin (the one with the green bag!)


Paper, magazines, envelopes
Cartons, tetra packs
Tin foil
Can, tins, metal jar lids
Glass bottles and jars


Pyrex, glass dishes or light bulbs
Crisp packets and chocolate wrappers

Anything non-recyclable goes in the bin with the black bag.
I’m afraid there are no recycling bins in your room, but please do collect recyclable waste in a separate bag and then empty it into the recycling bin in the kitchen.


In the waste disposal area of the buttery, there are separate bins for different types of rubbish – read the signs above the bins and most importantly only put food waste in the general waste bin. Contamination means recyclable material goes to landfill.


3.Printing rooms

Trays for paper that has been printed on one side and can be re-used are found by most printers in college. Please save paper by re-using this paper when possible.


If you’re leaving Cambridge and don’t want to take your bike with you, you can donate it to charity. There will be a dedicated place in College to put your used bike for recycling towards the end of the Easter Term.

5.End of term collections

At the end of each term, a box will go into the Plodge for a few days, which can be filled with unwanted items which are then donated to charities such as Oxfam and Jimmy’s Night Shelter or recycled instead of being chucked into landfill.
Items to be collected are:
-> Clothing, textiles and shoes (paired)
-> Small electrical items (even if they’re broken!)
-> Books, DVDs and CDs
-> Unused toiletries
-> Food/drink: coffee, tea, drinking chocolate, squash, sugar, salt, cooking oil, gravy granules, bread, canned soups, fruit & veg, biscuits, cakes (NOTHING that needs refrigerating)
-> Kitchen-ware: airtight storage boxes, plastic mixing bowls, measuring jugs, sharp knives, aluminium foil, cling-film and freezer bags.


Some people to contact for more information or to suggest improvements:

HUS Environment and Ethics Officer:
CUSU Ethical Affairs chair:
CUSU Environment officer:
CU Environmental Consulting Society:
Cambridge City Council Recycling and Waste Communications Officer: 01223 458031

Awesome Environmental/Ethical Websites

Compassion in World Farming: Info on what food labels REALLY mean
Click here!

A website that tells you about all things Ethical in Cambridge!
Click here!