Food security means different things to different people. For some, that means skipping breakfast to keep costs down, for others that means a lack of access due to transportation or other reasons to healthy food on a regular basis. Whether it’s an emergency or a chronic issue, nobody should go hungry, or have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.
The SU Campus Food Bank is working to support the community here at the U of C and achieve food security for all together. October is Food Security Awareness Month and there are some simple ways to support the Food Bank as we provide these important services. We accept donations year-round of both non-perishable food items and monetary donations that allows us to purchase perishable items such as eggs and dairy.
Please email or phone to make an appointment to request a hamper.
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:
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.
For the past twenty years, the Adopt-a-Family program has allowed us to assist student families with limited resources to provide them with holiday gifts by matching student families in need with campus community members interested in acting as sponsors. We are lucky to help to ensure as many students as possible have a festive holiday season. Participation in the program as a recipient is limited to student families with children (18 and under) only, and we welcome and encourage sponsorship from the campus and Calgary community.
Adopt-a-Family applications will open for the 2023 holiday season in Fall 2023. The submission deadline for both Families and for Sponsors is November 17th, 2023 at 4:00 PM.
Please complete the following form and submit it in person to the SU Campus Food Bank. Remember to bring your UCID card and ID for each of your children.
We are offering a special food hamper for those campus community members who may need a little support to celebrate the occasion this year. The Ramadan Hamper will be available as an add-on to your regular hamper request or can be ordered as a stand-alone hamper. All of your favourite Ramadan food items will be included!
Ramadan hampers for 2024 can be requested on March 4, 2024.
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.
We understand that money can be tight over the holiday season so to eliminate some of your stress the Campus Food Bank has introduced the Holiday Hamper. The Holiday Hamper will be available as an add-on to your regular hamper request or can be ordered as a stand-alone hamper. All your favourite holiday food items will be included!
Make your Holiday Hamper request from November 17, 2023 to December 14, 2023.
Clients are only eligible to receive one Holiday Hamper. Must show valid University of Calgary ID.
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.
Baked Brown Beans (with and without pork)
Canned Pasta (Spaghettios)
Dry Laundry Soap
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.
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.
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.
Exact appointment time for a hamper pick up must be scheduled. No dropping by is permitted.
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.
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.
Clients are required to check-in at the Volunteer Services/Food Bank office (MH 225) to complete their hamper pick-up.
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.
The CFB reserves the right to request a minimum of 1 business day (not including weekends) before the hamper becomes available.
Returning CFB clients are required to bring in their own bags for hamper packing during the pick-up appointment.
Additional Resource information is available upon request of the client.
POLICIES FOR CLIENTS WITH LEGAL DEPENDENTS ONLY
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.
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.
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 Hall (MH)
2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4