Hungry… for knowledge!

March 9, 2015  |   Found in Editorial // Student Life

“Wanna go eat?” “I just ate a big meal an hour ago, but what the hell; why not!”

We can never get enough of it, work hours to make it perfect, and find every moment in our day to devour ourselves in it. The “it” we will talk about today is food. We take pictures of our food, share food with friends and create memories cooking with little cousins/family. The fortunate ones are those who know where they will get their next meal. Sadly, many people don’t know where or how they will pay for their next meal.

Unfortunately not knowing where your next meal will come from is a huge problem for lots of Calgarians. According to the Calgary Homeless Foundation, it is believed around 23,000 individuals are living in poverty, on the brink of homelessness. A stereotype of homeless people is that they have alcohol or drug issues and have brought this upon themselves. The reality of it is, people who come from a good family, have graduated with a degree and were working for a large company could possibly become homeless due to a layoff, a terrible economy and rising prices.

The Students’ Union at our university understands that hunger is a huge issue that our students deal with. With our SU Campus Food Bank, we have large amounts of donations; but are they all items you could use to get the recommended amount of dairy/vegetables/meat? Probably not. For those who do not eat breakfast (the most important meal of the day, as we have all constantly heard), you have a larger risk of being in a bad mood, being unable to focus in classes/tests causing you to get lower marks, and feeling weak and shaky. We understand this and provide free breakfasts every Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. at the Q Centre (right beside the Black Lounge)! Stop by and have your share of toast with spreads, granola bars and fruit!

Year after year, the SU Campus Food Bank along with the University of Calgary Meal Exchange spread awareness of the issue of food security in our society! This week we are hosting various panel discussions and information sessions to help benefit all students, oh and of course, we will have free food at most of the events! A few of the events you have to look forward to are: Free Snack Packs in Kinesiology, documentaries and a panel discussion of three students taking on the challenge of eating,

  1. Solely from the Campus Food Bank hamper
  2. Gluten Free/Lactose Free
  3. Halal

These three students will have the task of only eating a specific type of food for one whole week. They will discuss the success or difficulty in finding the food at University of Calgary and how this food impacts their wellbeing. This week will be extremely informative, delicious and helpful! We encourage you to check out at least one event this week during Hunger Week 2015!

 


Zainab is a fifth year International Relations student at the University of Calgary. Follow her at @realslimzainny on Twitter or zainnyy_ on Instagram.