The Food Security Project


Food Security on Campus

For students, access to affordable and nourishing food is never a given.

Overall food prices are expected to increase by 5% to 7% in 2023, with nutrient-dense products becoming more and more inaccessible to budget shoppers. To make matters worse, the overall rising cost of living means resources that previously might have been reserved for groceries are now being funneled into inflated rents, transportation costs, and other daily necessities. And many students work multiple jobs just to make ends meet, which doesn’t leave much time or energy for sourcing healthy meals to feed their minds and bodies.

Fortunately, Dalhousie students have access to student-led resources like the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank and Agricultural Campus Food Pantry. But steadily increasing demand means that these services require more and more funding to adequately meet the needs of the student population. This is demonstrated by the number of visits to the Food Bank almost doubling this October compared to October 2022. The Food Pantry has observed a similar uptick this Fall.

That’s why the Food Security Project is back again, to connect students with reliable access to good food at a time when it’s badly needed. 100% of Food Security Project proceeds go to stocking shelves at the DSU Food Bank and AC Food Pantry.


Be a part of the movement. Double your impact.

Now in its fourth year, the Food Security Project has grown to a true province-wide movement, with communities across Nova Scotia rallying to meet the urgent needs of postsecondary students. We at Dal are proud to have spearheaded this effort with our friends at The J & W Murphy Foundation.

The foundation’s matching support means that gifts from individuals are being matched up to $20,000.

We’ve exceeded our goal for three years running, and our objective this time is to surpass last year’s total of $72,000 for student food security. Together we can ensure Dal and King’s students have reliable access to nourishing food when they need it. Help us get there and show students you care.

If you would like more information about this campaign please reach out to Clare MacDermott at To mail a cheque please send to the Office of Advancement, 6389 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 2A5.


Aaron Wright

Robert Smithson


Donation made by the Dalhousie Faculty Association in solidarity with Dalhousie students

Carol Sinclair

Gwendolyn MacLean

Kate Somers

Sylvain et Janele Charlebois

Proud to support this project, for our students. Sylvain and Janèle.

Gisele Marier

Karolyn Waterson

Joy Armson

Suzie Officer

Sadly this is critical need. Dal helped me so I want to help back.

Tamara Parry

Such a worthy cause - if everybody does their part we can have a huge impact!

Dr. Sue Zinck

Our students cannot learn when they are hungry or worried about whether to pass on healthy more expensive food so they can pay for other living expenses.

Nancy Violi

Kimberly McDonald Winsor

H. Wayne Garland

Let's unite together because we live and work here and together we make a difference.

Peter Bennett

John Gosse

Grains for brains.

Ronald Stevenson

Jeanna Parsons Leigh