Campus Food Banks/Agency Database
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InstitutionProvinceStudent Union Name (Acronym)Total Student Union Budget
Food Bank Name
EmailPhoneExternal Statement of PurposeWebsiteFacebookTwitter
Hours of Operation
Total Hours of OperationPeople who Use the Food Bank Referred to AsPeople Served (per semester)Amount of Food Given per PersonNumber of times per month a Person can access
Type of Food Given
Food SourcesBusiest Month of YearLeast Busy Month of YearIntake Process
Code of Conduct
Demographic Information CollectedTotal Food Bank BudgetPercentage of Total Student Union BudgetNumber of Paid StaffHours of Paid StaffWages of Paid StaffPaid Staff are StudentsBudget for Buying FoodNumber of VolunteersHours of VolunteersIncentives to VolunteersRefrigeratorFreezerLocationFloorSize (square feet)
Meal Program
Low Cost Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Kitchen Program
Garden Program
Action/Advocacy ProgramNational Student Union AffiliationResources from University/College AdministrationOther Notes
Brock UniversityON
Carleton UniversityONCarleton University Student Association (CUSA)CUSA Food Centre
Dalhousie UniversityNS
George Brown CollegeONStudent Association at George Brown College (SA@GBC)
McMaster UniversityONMac Bread Bin
Mount Saint Vincent UniversityNSMount Saint Vincent University Students’ Union (MSVUSU)Wellness Pantry
Ryerson UniversityONRyerson Students' Union (RSU)1,991,190Good Food Centre
The Good Food Centre, previously known as the Community Food Room, works to reduce the impacts of food insecurity for all Ryerson community members. By building capacity through emergency food relief, skill building, and education, the Food Centre aims to contribute to the RSU's mission in ensuring equitable access to post-secondary education and building community. - Friday: Various30 - 40Members300 - 50010 items per week + 5 additional per dependentAs many as a member wishes as long as they do not exceed their item limits.
90% Non-perishable
10% Fresh (dairy, produce, eggs)
Daily Bread: 85%
Food Drives: 10%
Purchasing: 5%
January and/or MarchDecember
- Intake form (collects a variety of demographic information)
- Procedures verbally explained to new members
Optional: Gender,age, race/ethnicity, marital status, household type, dependents, student type, student status, faculty, employment status, dietary restrictions
$13,0560.65%315 hours/week$12.50/hour + $0.25 for every additional year with the unionYes$50010 to 122 hour shifts
Experience, references, relationship building
YesYesStudent Union Bldg2ndYes, 50 cent Soup, 1x per weekYes, Good Food Box programYes, Weekly soup making eventYes, outdoor + indoor (aquaponics)Yes, not directly through GFCCFSNone2000 fundraising expectation
Queens University
ONFood Centre
University of AlbertaAB
University of CalgaryAB
University of GuelphONCentral Student Association (CSA)1,602,430 (2014-15)Guelph Student Food Bank
In an effort to combat hunger and poverty on campus and in the greater Guelph community, the Guelph Student FoodBank provides graduate and undergraduate University of Guelph students access to emergency food, anti-poverty resources, and referrals to other food security, anti-poverty and financial assistance groups. This service is always confidential.
M-F: 12-630Visitors370 students and 150 dependents registered30 items per month + an additional 30 items for each dependentUnlimited, as long as within item limitFood Purchases (80%, Sysco, Don's, Hospitality Services, food bought at Elmira Food Auction), Guelph Food Bank (15%), Donations/food drives (5%)January? ("Hard to say")May, students must re-registerVisitors come and must fill out an intake form on their first visit - this is fairly brief and collects student id, e-mail, dietary restrictions, student type, and dependents as well as an optional survey- Each visitor gets an ID card with a number we use to keep track of how many items they have taken - Volunteers will provide a quick tour of the space and explain how everything works and what we offerType of student- undergrad vs. grad, full time vs. part time, international
Number of adult and children dependents
Dietary restrictions
Optional survey to cite need for using the FoodBank as well as main source(s) of income
30 hrs/week - FB Coordinator
10.5 hrs/week - FB Volunteer Coordinator
FB Coordinator - $15/hr
FB Coordinator - $12.42/hr
Yes, though coordinator is full-time so best if recent grad or part-time student54,40060+1-2 hour shifts/weekExperience, reference letters, semesterly vol appreciation events/giftsYes, 2about 5 min walk from University Centre1st, accessible ramp
Just started offering prepared meals - once/semester with all meals prepared by staff/students from PJ's Restaurant in the Atrium (student-run restaurant)
- Working to plan a breakfast program for next year
Host site for Garden Fresh Box programMonthly cooking classes, held a canning/preserving workshop last semester
Started community garden last summer to provide more produce to FoodBank visitors
Also, have organized a number of gardening workshops for students on topics including: composting, seed saving, garden box construction, garden design, and sprouting
Hopefully more soon!
FB Coordinator sits on the Hospitality Services Advisory Committee and Guelph-Wellington Emergency Food Services Network to advocate for students
University of New BrunswickNB
University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyON
University of OttawaONStudent Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO)Food BankNo student should need to choose between buying food or textbooks. Our mission at the SFUO Food Bank is to make sure that students and other members of the uOttawa community have access to food at all times during their time on campus. As a chapter of Meal Exchange, which is a nationwide student association that fights hunger, we also work to raise awareness of food security issues and attempt to break down the stigma surrounding food insecurity in, Tu, Th: 11-6, W: 11-7, F: 11-4 34Clients, hopefully transitioning to "service users"3 days worth of food allotted once per month according to family size (up to family of 6)Unlimited within item limit35% perishable, 60% nonperishable, 5% hygiene.85% Ottawa Food Bank, 14% purchases, 1% donationsMarchJulyService users sign a contract and show ID for their dependents on their first visit. After the first visit, they only need to show their uOttawa ID to access the service. All information is stored in a file folder.Rules for using the Food Bank are as follows:
Usage agreement SFUO Food Bank Rules and Regulations for Clients
I understand that this food bank is an emergency service, I understand that I can use the food bank only once a month, I understand that there will be consequences if I do not respect the rules. I will respect the employees, the volunteers and the other clients. I understand that the food bank is a positive space and I have to refrain from behaviours that could be hurtful.I understand that the quantity of food can be modified during the course of the year without warning.I understand that the confidentiality of this service is essential for me and other clients.I understand that I cannot trade, exchange, or substitute received items. I understand that the food bank is often crowded and that I will need to wait patiently in the waiting area. I understand that due to space available and in the best interest of keeping food from going bad, I cannot store my received items in the food bank. If we cannot serve you there are directions to other food banks in the area under our food insecurity and links section
Confidentiality policy: Safe space policy: The goal of this policy is to help maintain a safe space for clients, volunteers and staff of the Food Bank. The use of the Food Bank and the opportunity to work here, in any capacity, are privileges. The policy will provide a process for handling incidents that negatively affect the safety of those who use the space.
Number of total families per month, and how many infants, seniors, dependents over 18 and dependents under 18 are fed through us$86 8120.50%465 hours total per week. 3 @ 15, 1 @ 20.Coordinator: unsure
Supervisors (3): 12.53 (starting
Yes, all MUST be students.6125 for operating budget, which includes purchases.Around 501.5-6 hours per week on averageA volunteer gala, constant snacks, regular volunteer appreciation events (dinners, potlucks, board games nights etc)2 fridges.One industrial freezer.In the basement of the university centreBasement, accessible by elevator.Unknown. One room the size of a small classroom, two the size of a board room, and one small office.Free breakfast every second Monday :)Order & pickup location for the Ottawa Good Food BoxOne cooking class per month in a central location!Garden managed by another SFUO Service, we aren't involved.
Yes, in development: poster campaign on student food insecurity and series of food justice and anti-oppression workshops
Local 41 of the Canadian Federation of StudentsNone
University of SaskatchewanSKUniversity of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU)USSU Food Centre
The USSU Food Centre was established in 2003 by the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, in conjunction with the Saskatoon Food Bank, in response to hunger on campus. Student hunger has become more prevalent because of increased tuition and more limited student funding. 8:30-4:30402-3 days of emergency food per person through the Saskatoon Food Bank food basket1 food basket every 2 weeks75% non-perishable (e.g. canned items, pasta, spices), 25% perishable (e.g. fresh vegetables, protein sources, milk and yogurt). Food Centre has a storage room of non-perishable foods that may be given to students in emergency situations who need immediate nourishmentThe student would approach the Food Centre Coordinator or USSU secretary for a food bank application form. The form is filled out by the student who must include their valid student ID and health card number (however unique circumstances are also appreciated). This application is then faxed to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre in exchange for a food basket, which is delivered to the Food Centre the following day. The student is then contacted to pick up the hamper, and is eligible to apply every two weeks.
As per the Saskatoon Food Bank application: student number, health card number, address, number of dependents
Hungercount Surveys are distributed throughout the month of March to collect more in-depth information on demographic information
115/week$14.14/hrYes30$1/hr appreciation that can be redeemed at Louis’ or Louis’ Loft on campus, and an opportunity to receive the USSU Food Centre Award at the annual Experience in Excellence Ceremony based on enthusiasm, dependability, knowledge, and participation.Yes, twoYes, two (fridge/freezer combo)Students’ Centre within the USSU Main Office1st FloorNoYes, fresh food market on Wednesday and FridayNoReceives produce from the U of S Horticulture Club for the months of September and October as an education-based local food sourcing initiative originating on campusYes, the Food Centre advocates for food security, fresh and affordable produce for students, a breastfeeding friendly campus, as well as sustainable and local (when possible) food sourcing.CFS
University of ManitobaMB
University of Northern British ColumbiaBC
University of Toronto - MississaugaONUniversity of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union (UTMSU)Food Centre based on staff and student schedule16 (8 per coordinator)MembersNo limit on stored perishables. Our limit of shopping list requests is at 10 items (add 4 per dependent)No limits due to low number of members70-80% non-perishable, 20-30% perishable, Culturally diverse, vegetarian and vegan options.45% Food Drives, 45% Mississauga Food Banks, 10% Food PurchasesMarch (in 2014)
Age, gender, academic program, international/part time/graduate student, LGBTQ community belonging, health, racial minority, source of income, indigineous community, part time job, immigrant/first generation student, cause of food security, safe/adequate housing, and what services/programs they would be interested in
$13 000 ($1 per student per year)112 hrs max$12/hrYes$6,000Reference letters, decision making and experienceYes, average home fridgeYes, small industrial freezerGround FloorNoNoOngoing planning, pilotsYes, and in collaboration with Campus Grounds departmentAt least one event per semester and a Food Justice CommitteeCFSWe have access to a room (for now), but this was worked out through Chartwells. Chartwells has given us monetary donations and will help us purchasing produce through their suppliers from our own budget. The administration also gave us access to the garden space and grounds department that till the soil and help us out a ton.
University of Toronto - St GeorgeONUniversity of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU)Food Bank
University of WaterlooONFederation of Students (Feds)2,532,221.50Feds Food Bank
The Federation of Students Food Bank is a student-run, non-profit organization. Its main function is to provide confidential assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who cannot afford to buy enough food to meet their basic needs. 9:30-10:3065Typically usersAnywhere from 250-500. Typically around 350/400.10 lbs (2-3 days)
Currently there is no limit
100% Non-perishableEnd Of Term collections: 30%, donation boxes: 35-40%, food drives: 20%, Waterloo Region Food Bank: 10-15% (very rough estimates)March (if you're interested, the busiest time of the term is usually the second month since some students have not received OSAP or other funding yet).September
Users show the volunteer their WatCard (student identification) and are able to use our Food Bank. No information is taken from the card. Users are able to take up to 10 lbs in food, which will be weighed before they leave. In a log book, the volunteer on shift will track the time, gender and whether the user was a first-time user or not. If the user is a first-time user, they are asked to fill out our survey/intake form.
We do not have a formal code of conduct besides what I have previously stated (to provide confidential service).Gender
$3100 in guaranteed funding from student union; roughly $400-1000 in donations every year. Data for 2014-2015 year
0.01%0---None, we rely on donations or the Waterloo Regional Food Bank (we spend about $75-100 on our membership every year).Roughly 50-80 every termGeneral volunteers typically commit 2 hours to their office hours and additional commitments would be volunteering at our events. Executives commit 2-10 hours a week and coordinators commit anywhere from 10-30 hours a week.General volunteers: Recommendation letters, access to a quiet study space, volunteer appreciation at the end of the term. Executives: Recommendation letters, networking, references, appreciation events. Coordinators: All of the previous incentives as well as a $200 stipend at the end of each term.NoneNonestudent centre (SLC) - a central buildingprivate hallway off of the first floor.Typically a meal is served once a term (this comes in different forms - soup, dinner event, etc.)None (this might be in the works)NoneNoneNone, though provincially with OUSANone
University of WinnipegMB
York UniversityONYork Federation of Students (YFS)YFS Food Bank
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Atlantic Canada
British Columbia
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