Campus Food Bank

The Campus Food Bank, administered through SU Volunteer Services, provides a 7-day emergency food relief service to the campus community. This relief is provided through nutritionally sound hampers in accordance with the Canada Food Guide along with information to clients regarding resources available on and off-campus.

History

In the summer of 1993, a group of students at the University of Calgary formed a Student Action Committee to tackle the perceived need students had for food assistance. At its inception, the SU Campus Food Bank acted as a depot for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. The Action Committee had no idea how many students needed or would access the service. During the first seven months, 60 student families were fed, this included 141 people.

The SU Campus Food Bank soon outgrew its role as a depot, and became part of the roster of services provided by the Students’ Union.  The SU Campus Food Bank is one of almost 51 food banks found on university and college campuses across Canada. The foundation of the Campus Food Bank is volunteers and the generosity of those who provide cash and food donations to build approximately 70-80 food hampers and assist 140-200 people annually.

Donating to the Food Bank

The SU Campus Food Bank always appreciates food and cash donations. However the following is a list (in order of importance) of items that are especially in demand.

  • Toiletries (i.e. toothpaste, bar soap, feminine hygiene products)
  • Canned Meat (ham, turkey, chicken)
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Canned beans
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Cereal/oatmeal
  • Meal helpers (i.e. Sidekicks, Hamburger Helpers, etc.)
  • Canned pasta (i.e. Chef Boyardee)
  • Dry soup (i.e. Mr. Noodles, Ichiban noodles, etc.)
  • Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate
  • Gluten-free/veggie products
     

Our Clients and Policies and Procedures – Maintaining Confidentiality

To be a client of the Campus Food bank you are required to be a member of the campus community (students, staff, faculty and alumni up to two years after graduation). Additional detail on our policies and procedures can be found here

The SU is committed to keeping all personal information about our clients in strict confidence.

Donor Information

For those interested in supporting the SU Campus Food Bank financially a cheque can be mailed in or dropped off at Rm 225 MacEwan Student Centre (MSC). Please address the cheque to SU Campus Food Bank.

Food donations can be dropped off at Volunteer Services between 9am - 4pm. 

Location and Contact Information

SU Campus Food Bank
Rm 225 MacEwan Student Centre (MSC)
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB   T2N 1N4

Phone: (403) 220-8599
Fax: (403) 220-1019
Email: foodbank@ucalgary.ca

Campus Food Bank Co-Coordinators:
Shawnee Belleville
Gayathri Wewala

Hours of Operation

Hours vary throughout the year.  It’s best to contact SU Volunteer Services to set up an appointment. The Food Bank is closed weekends and holidays.