Spine & Dine Café Donates to The Boscombe Community Fridge Food Bank

AECC University College’s popular on-campus Spine & Dine Café has donated over £700 worth of food and drink to Boscombe Community Fridge, following the recent University College’s shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food donation made by AECC University College's Spine & Dine Cafe

The move follows the recent spike in demand on food banks nationally, with more people appealing for help – many of whom have never used a food bank before. After getting in touch with Community Food Coordinators at the local Council, Catering Manager of the Spine & Dine Café, Gary Schild, was given the details of Jenny Mueller, who runs Boscombe Community Fridge.

Boscombe Community Fridge is crowdfunded and run by a small community group raising awareness of unnecessary food waste, and actively encouraging social interaction within the local community. During the COVID-19 outbreak, food distribution has continued via volunteer deliveries to households and sheltered housing.

Gary Schild said: “As the Café is currently closed, we were really keen to ensure products went to helping those in our local community who find themselves in need during these challenging times. We're delighted that we can help support our local community in this way.

“It has been a real shame to have to close our facility due to the current pandemic, but the safety and wellbeing of our customers is vitally important to us. Since closure, staff have been working on new recipe ideas, and hopefully we’ll be able to introduce some new menu suggestions when we eventually re-open.”

Jenny Mueller said: “Thank you for the very generous donation; we really appreciate your support. We are currently sending out around 150 food parcels per week and we are supplying local charities, like Hope Housing, with food for their residents. In total we are feeding around 500-700 people each week, depending on how much food we get donated. The parcels are mainly going to local families on a low income, people who have to self-isolate or can't access food for any other reason.”

The Boscombe Community Fridge would welcome community backing, and suggests if anyone would like to get involved, to support the Coastal Bid Lottery page, which plans to help fight food insecurity during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

AECC Chiropractic Clinic

Whilst campus has been closed, our on-site Chiropractic Clinic has been finding alternative ways to help patients manage musculoskeletal discomfort and back pain by offering a free telephone consultancy service.

The clinic team has been giving advice and support over the phone and describing exercises. Behind the scenes, the team has also been developing some videos and fact sheet resources to direct individuals towards.

Director of AECC University College Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Neil Osborne, said: “There’s no doubt that back pain and other musculoskeletal discomfort can have a huge impact on our wellbeing and quality of life – and perhaps even more so when working from home due to less than ideal work stations and the potential for less movement during the normal working day. We are committed to helping manage and resolve these issues for people, and to continue to be there for our patients.”

Studying From Home - Charley Bennett

Third Year Master of Chiropractic Student, Charley Bennett, recently wrote a blog about how she is adapting to working from home. She shares some of the things that are working well for her while studying remotely:

“When it comes to studying, I find Moodle to be one of the best tools we have. It gives us access to the online library for e-books as well as helpful websites such as Anatomy TV.

“Another resource that I have used throughout my degree is Quizlet. It is a website that allows you to make flashcards and study them in all different ways. It is a really helpful tool that can be accessed online at any time, instead of having to carry lots of paper flashcards around."

You can stay up-to-date with University announcements regarding COVID-19 here.