Making the decision between purchasing a set of brand new textbooks or having enough food to eat can be a struggle for some post-secondary students.
Campus food bank services at UNBC and CNC provide students with extra support. It may just look like a pile of cans, but VP External with the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, Johanne Jensen, says demand is quite high. “There has been quite a few students coming in and out, we actually started this year with with a full food bank and now it’s looking pretty empty.”
Jensen adds that donations are greatly needed with less food on the shelves. Many students are trying to raise awareness for a service most didn’t know existed. “A lot of students didn’t know about it and many community members didn’t even cross their minds that students might have these food insecurities and not be able to provide the basic nutritional values,” she said. “It hasn’t been very well known, but we’re trying to get the word out there.”
The need for food at The College of New Caledonia is no different. With only 1200 dollars budgeted for its food bank, Services and Offices Coordinator with the Students’ Union, Megan Nielsen, is calling for more engagement. “For the most part there is a very small minority, I’d say about 10 to 15 per cent of students coming to campus that have a real need for it,” she said. “It’s really hard to get students to participate in things, so that’s why we’re going to try and do more food bank drives involving the students.”
If you’re a student seeking assistance, all you have to do is walk in to your campus food bank and grab what you need, no questions asked.
Helping out with the cause is as simple as picking up a non-perishable item, dropping off school supplies, or making a cash donation.