Beyond Campus Food Banks

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Almost every university and college campus across Canada now has a food bank, and students are one of the fastest growing groups of food bank users. The lack of adequate incomes means that far too many students are choosing between paying rent, buying textbooks or eating.

Beyond Campus Food Banks empowers students across Canada to promote dignified good food access and challenge the notion that any students should have to use emergency food charity to get their education.

In 2014, Meal Exchange partnered with Community Food Centres Canada on the Students for Good Food for All project and learned that campus food banks are an ideal leverage point to address problems of student poverty, poor health and social isolation. With enthusiastic support from students, Meal Exchange launched the Beyond Campus Food Banks project, which is growing engagement and expectations among a new generation of leaders.

Beyond Campus Food Banks:

  • Raises awareness about the hidden problem of student hunger by linking campus food banks together in a network, and coordinating National Days of Action on Student Poverty
  • Shows the real extent of the problem through Campus Hunger Reports that address the gap in knowledge about student food insecurity and enable advocacy efforts at the campus, provincial and national levels
  • Builds student leadership for change at the campus food bank by providing training and sharing knowledge to transform campus food banks into welcoming spaces that promote dignity, health and community

To learn more and get involved, visit our Get Involved page and/or email Program Coordinator Merryn Maynard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Press Release from September 15th, 2015 "Campus food banks see rising usage, groups call for political action"

Press Release from June 10, 2015: "Student poverty, campus food bank use on the rise"

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