Distribution of food and hygiene kits for students in precarious situations (France)

“It’s hard to be 20 in 2020.” Pronounced more than a year ago now, this sentence from Emmanuel Macron is well and truly still relevant. Indeed, while the Covid-19 struck the whole world in early 2020, France sees its students encountering many difficulties. As much from a personal point of view, as from a professional and therefore economic one. 

To help students going through these difficulties to meet their needs, IAYSP France, in collaboration with the Association IPOMA, decided to organize the distribution of food and hygiene kits to students in Paris. 

IAYSP-France has organized collections of food donations and hygiene products (pasta, rice, canned food, tampons / sanitary napkins, shower gel, toothpaste, depilatory cream, shampoo) over one month. 

They have contacted large retailers asking them to donate their surplus or unsold goods. Also solicited the generosity of individuals by asking them to buy surplus items when they do their shopping. And for those who were unable to make food and hygiene donations, they could make a financial donation on our website to support them. 

Thus, thanks to word of mouth and promotion of our campaign on various social networks, YSP was able to collect enough donations to distribute them to students. 

The distribution of these food and hygiene kits took place during the whole day. They welcomed the students as the day went along. Also offered them sessions of board games and moments of discussion to relax and have a convivial moment altogether.

They had several volunteers who helped with leafleting, greeting students, and preparing meal trays for students to take home in addition to the kits. 

It was an enriching experience for the YSP volunteers and the students who shared their hearts with the team organizing, and they are very grateful for this initiative. 

The students encouraged the volunteers to repeat this activity to allow other students to benefit from the generosity and the warm atmosphere that reigned during the event. 

IAYSP-France’s next distribution of food and hygiene products will take place in September. 

In the meantime, they are building up a food bank for a large number of students.