Almost €12,500 has been donated online towards stocking a food bank for UCC students.

The funds are more than twice what UCC's Students Union hoped to raise after they were forced to turn away students last evening when they ran out of food and hygiene products.

As well as the online donations, students and lecturers have been dropping off bags of food to the Students Union office.

Welfare Officer Caoimhe Walsh said it was devastating to turn people away, and they are hoping to get food parcels to everyone who needs them today.

Separately, in a statement, UCC said it works closely with its student body to support their welfare and the university will continue to do so, pointing to the 50 support services available to students in need.

"Conscious of the challenges faced by students, UCC established a dedicated Covid-19 hardship fund in March 2020.

"UCC deploys close to 50 support services for students, across health and wellbeing, accommodation and student life, and access.

"Student finance services include a dedicated student assistant fund, a laptop loan scheme, structured payment options and a bursary for economically disadvantaged students.

"UCC will continue to work closely with its student body to protect the welfare of all its students."