Hunger Week 2015 – 5 days of meals from campus food bank

March 9, 2015  |   Found in Blog // hamperproject2015 // News // Student Life

Hey everyone! My name is Dan Medland-Marchen and I am one of the three student participants in the Students’ Union’s Hunger Week 2015! I’m a 4th year Canadian History major from Kelowna, British Columbia and I’m about to start on my mission to eat all of my meals from the campus food bank for the next 5 days. While that may sound a little scary to some of you (it definitely did to me at first) I can assure you, the food bank has really hooked me up!


While the quality of the picture didn’t quite turn out (my apologies for my apparent lack of photography/technology skills), you can still see that I have been given more than enough to eat quite comfortably for the next 5 days. Here’s a detailed list of all the items I have been given for ya’ll.

-2 bags of frozen vegetables
-1 loaf of brown bread
-4 oranges
-1 medium sized bag of table potatoes
-2 packages of spaghetti
-1 cooking onion
-1 stick of unsalted butter
-4 snack sized cheeses
-1 package of parmesan pesto sidekicks
-1 salt shaker
-1 pepper shaker
-2 packages of cereal which names I do not know
-1 package of pancake mix
-1 package of muffin mix
-1 package of dried beans
-11 packages of instant oatmeal
-4 teabags
-1 package of rice
-3 packages of mr. noodles
-2 packages of kraft dinner
-1 small jar of peanut butter
-1 can of stagg chili
-1 carton of apple juice
-1 lb of frozen ground beef
-6 eggs
-1 large can of chick peas
-1 can of sliced pineapple
-1 can of beans with pork
-1 can of peas
-4 cans of chicken noodle soup
-2 cans of tuna
-1 large can of diced tomatoes
-1 can of tomato sauce
-2 rolls of toilet paper
-1 bar of irish spring soap
-enough for 1 load of tide laundry detergent
-1 travel size deodorant

At first glance I definitely will be quite alright hunger-wise throughout the next 5 days. I also have been hooked up with some toiletries, which is always appreciated, although I can’t use the Irish Spring soap as I am allergic (those who know me have probably heard the hilarious story about my unfortunate allergic reaction to my shower gel in 2nd year). I am also pretty excited about the KD. I know it is quite cheap, but I live on campus at U of C and honestly you can never have enough of the stuff. However, I do have some initial concerns regarding which foods I have been given, or rather the foods I have not. Health Canada recommends 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables for a male between the ages of 19-50 a day. As you can tell from my photo shot using a potato (bad joke I know) and my grocery list, it is pretty evident that I will not be able to meet those recommendations. Very limited fresh fruits and vegetables. I was told when I arrived at the food bank this morning that they were out of some of the items I had requested (including some fresh vegetables), so I do think that each hamper pickup from the food bank would be subject to change in terms of the items they have abundance in at the time. Most of the food seems to be quite carby and a little on the snacky side, but what is important to note here is that the food bank obviously has limited resources. It cannot hope to have enough food to serve all 25,000 undergrads at the uni, it exists for the “rainy days”, as a supplement to your diet when you may be in trouble financially. All in all, I am quite happy and thankful for what I have been given, minus one minor detail. I had requested coffee in my hamper, but was given tea. While this might be a very insignificant thing to many of you, I have a bad caffeine addiction. So my apologies, but the one item I will not be able to relinquish is my twice daily Tims/Starbs/Higher Ground coffee runs.

I’m excited to kick off such a great campaign that coincides perfectly with the Commerce Undergraduate Society’s 5 Days for the Homeless, an amazing campaign that raises funds and awareness for homeless youth right here in Calgary. As a participant last year, I slept outside for 5 nights with everything (including food and toiletries), minus the clothes on my back, donated to me. If you see the orange shirts around campus this week, make sure you go talk to them and maybe donate a couple $$$! And check out their facebook page for more information!

Stayed tuned to hear more about the next few days from myself and my fellow participants Cecilia Langill and Nolan Hill, who will be eating all halal and gluten/lactose free respectively. My next post will be all about my first few meals in regards to the Seven Dimensions of Wellness and how important the campus food bank could be to students living in residence. Happy Hunger Week!

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