SU Campus Food Bank
SU Campus Food Bank
The SU Campus Food Bank, administered through SU Volunteer Services, provides a seven 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.
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.
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.
- Monetary donations
- Boxed macaroni and cheese
- Pasta sauce, tomato sauce and tomato paste
- Pasta and dry soup (Ichiban, Mr. Noodles, etc.)
- Canned fruit and vegetables
- Canned meat (ham, turkey, chicken) and seafood (salmon, tuna, sardines)
- Meal helper (Sidekicks, Hamburger Helpers, Uncle Ben’s, etc.)
- Peanut Butter
- Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
- Toiletries (toilet paper, menstrual hygiene products, travel-sized deodorant, bar soap, etc.)
Food donations are always appreciated. However, monetary donations help us to provide nutritionally balanced hampers that include perishable items such as fresh vegetables, milk and eggs.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
OUR CLIENTS AND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES – MAINTAINING CONFIDENTIALITY
To be a client of the SU 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 below.
The SU is committed to keeping all personal information about our clients in strict confidence.
Policies and Procedures
In order to ensure that we can serve those in need of support in an orderly and timely manner, the SU Campus Food Bank operates under the following policies and procedures.
- A valid campus ID is required for hamper pick-up. Appropriate identification includes a student ID, staff ID, alumni card, current student timetable, letter from your department or a current pay stub.
- Clients may access the service once every 30 days (3 times in Fall, 3 in Winter, 1 in Spring, 1 in Summer).
- Exact appointment time for a hamper pick-up must be scheduled. Absolutely no ‘dropping in’ is permitted.
- When a client is unable to come for their scheduled pick-up time, they must call the SU Campus Food Bank to reschedule. Hampers that have not been picked up in 3 days (without notification from client) will be unpacked, and clients will have to wait an additional 30 days to access the service again.
- Clients are eligible to receive dairy coupons and bus tickets upon request; these are given at the time of hamper pick-up. Some restrictions apply.
- Personal information is used to determine how often a client has accessed the Campus Food Bank.
- Clients will be required to answer a series of statistical questions.
- The Campus Food Bank reserves the right to request 24 hours before a hamper becomes available.
- Returning CFB clients are required to bring in their bags for hamper packing during the pick-up appointment.
Policies for clients with dependents only
- Clients may claim up to 2 dependents over the age of 19 and 5 dependents under the age of 18.
- Age ID is required for ALL members of the household.
- Roommates are required to request hampers separately.
For those interested in supporting the SU Campus Food Bank financially, a cheque can be mailed in or cash 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 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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
SU Campus Food Bank Co-Coordinators:
- Gabby Wagner
- Jon Espayos
Curious about what is offered in the food hampers? Here are our basic food lists (we also offer vegetarian hampers). You can either fill it out and bring it into the office, or fill it out with a volunteer!
Looking for ways to use the food hamper? Check out our CFB cookbook filled with recipes compiled by our volunteers! All the recipes can be made with the items included in the food hamper.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Hours vary throughout the year. It’s best to contact SU Volunteer Services to set up an appointment. The SU Campus Food Bank is closed weekends and holidays.
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