The purpose of the Food Programme is to provide basic support to students who are hungry and to enhance student learning and success. We recognise that inequality and poverty is linked to food insecurity in our society. The issue of student hunger is hidden and stigmatised and therefore our response seeks to eliminate stigma and to promote the dignity and agency of students. Ultimately, this programme is a social justice response that supports the student journey to academic success.

Eligible students will receive vouchers that they may redeem at UCT Food & Connect outlets. The advantage of the vouchers is students will have greater choice of lunches. This is made possible through Pay and Connect running in catering residences. Students will sign on and receive vouchers daily that they may redeem by using their smart phone or student card at a point of sale at Food and Connect Stores.

The current programme is located in the office of the Director of Student Development, Department of Student Affairs (DSA). See the DSA Food Security web pages for more information on the programme, the criteria for eligibility and how to apply.