SU Campus Food Bank

Food Bank Donations

For those interested in making a financial donation to the SU Campus Food Bank, cheques can also be mailed to the Main SU Address found on the contact page.  Please address cheques to SU Campus Food Bank

We also have a GoFundMe page to receive monetary donations:


GoFundMe Donations

Food donations can be dropped off at the Information Centre/Lost and Found on the main level of MacEwan Student Centre.


We have additional information about programs that combat food insecurity around Calgary, as well as resources for free or low-cost food included here as a PDF document should you need them.

Food Resources Calgary


 

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.

Food Bank Donations

For those interested in making a financial donation to the SU Campus Food Bank, cheques can also be mailed to the Main SU Address found on the contact page.  Please address cheques to SU Campus Food Bank

We also have a GoFundMe page to receive monetary donations:


GoFundMe Donations

Food donations can be dropped off at the Information Centre/Lost and Found on the main level of MacEwan Student Centre.

Adopt-a-Student Family

The Adopt-a-Student Family program has offered assistance for over 20 years to student families with limited resources to provide them with children’s gifts during the holiday season. The program matches student families with sponsors from our community to provide holiday gifts.

To learn more about the program, please review the Family Information Sheet (for student families interested in being sponsored through the program), or the Sponsor Information Sheet if you are interested in sponsoring a family.

The program is open to student families, including registered graduate or undergraduate students at the University of Calgary with at least one child aged 18 years or younger. Sponsors can be any individual or group/organization from the campus community.

To apply to the program, please fill out the Family Application or the Sponsor Application.

Applications must be emailed to foodbank@ucalgary.ca by November 22 at 4:00 PM.

Any questions about the program or applications can be directed to foodbank@ucalgary.ca.

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.

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
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Soup
  • Baked Brown Beans (with and without pork)
  • Kidney Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Black beans
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Canned Salmon
  • Canned Turkey
  • Canned Sardines
  • Canned Pasta (Spaghettios)
  • Canned Chili
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Dry Laundry Soap
  • Tampons/Pads

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.

CFB POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Mandate:  The SU Campus Food Bank aims to provide 7-day emergency food relief to the campus community.

  1. A valid campus ID is required to access the Campus Food Bank services (Unicard, staff ID card or current paystub). A Confirmation of Registration letter may be requested and verified.
  2. Clients may access the service a maximum of 3 times per Fall Semester, 3 times per Winter Semester, 1 time per Spring Semester and 1 time per Summer Semester. A minimum of 30 days between request periods is required.
  3. Exact appointment time for a hamper pick up must be scheduled. No dropping by is permitted.
  4. If you are unable to come for a scheduled pick up appointment you need to call and reschedule. Hampers that have not been rescheduled within 1 business day from their original pick-up appointment will be unpacked, and clients will be required to wait 30 days before they can request another hamper.
  5. Clients are required to arrive 5-10 minutes before their scheduled appointment time. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment you will be required to reschedule your hamper pick-up.
  6. Clients are required to check-in at the front desk with their appointment card and will be directed to the HARVEST ROOM to complete their hamper pick up.
  7. Clients will be required to answer a series of statistical questions. Your personal information is used to determine how often a client has accessed the CFB. All personal information will be kept confidential by the CFB.
  8. The CFB reserves the right to request a minimum of 1 business day (not including weekends) before the hamper becomes available.
  9. Returning CFB clients are required to bring in their own bags for hamper packing during the pick-up appointment.
  10. Additional Resource information is available upon request of the client.

POLICIES FOR CLIENTS WITH LEGAL DEPENDENTS ONLY

  1. Clients may claim up to 2 legal dependents aged 19 and over and 5 dependents aged 18 and under. Dependents are defined as persons for whom the client is legally responsible and who are financially reliant solely on the client’s income to provide their basic needs.
  2. Dependents need to permanently reside within the same household as the client. Visitors, household guests or roommates are not eligible to be claimed as dependents.Dependents can only be claimed on one hamper per 30-day cycle.
  3. A physical copy of Age ID is required for all members of a household. (license, passport, government identification card, health care card, birth certificate, ucid.)

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

Food Hampers

Curious about what is offered in the food hampers?  The exact contents will depend on what we have available as well as what you prefer.  We try our best to provide nutritionally-balanced hampers, with vegetarian options available for both adults and children.  Specific items are subject to availability and are largely dependant on donations.

Possible hamper items include perishables like apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes, eggs, frozen vegetables, meat and bread. Non-perishable items could include cereal, canned beans, dried beans, flour, Mac & Cheese, pasta, peanut butter and soup.  In addition vegetarian hampers can include Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), and some gluten free items can be provided on request (if available).

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.


CFB Cookbook

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