The President of the Union of Students In Ireland says more needs to be done, to support students struggling financially.
It's after the Student Union at the University College Cork was forced to turn away students at its food bank.
The food bank was cleared just fifty minutes after opening its doors on campus.
There are students starving in UCC and all over Ireland. This is the reality of having the highest colleges fees in the EU and increasing rents.
Please keep donating to our food bank. pic.twitter.com/z17rBGvrXY
— Maeve Richardson (@UCCSUEngagement) October 6, 2021
President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Claire Austick, says the high cost of attending university is creating demand for services like this.
She says the "entire cost of college" has created this issue, which has been an underlying issue for a number of years.
UCC's Student's Union said they were "disheartened" to have to reopen the food bank in the first place.
Hi everyone ! I can’t believe the response to this tweet! We have set up a Go fund me to donate to the UCCSU food bank the link is https://t.co/c8lsaLSTKP I can’t thank you all enough for you support it means so much to us!🥰
— Caoimhe Walsh (@UCCSUWelfare) October 6, 2021
But they said the increased cost of living and the higher cost of education has made their service necessary.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up by UCCSU to try and help students with €9,000 raised so far.
Donations can be made to the fund here.