Food security is critical for today’s students. When students have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food, it not only fortifies them mentally and physically, but it helps ensure they are at their peak performance academically.
Research shows that 39 per cent of post-secondary students experience some form of food insecurity. What’s more, the COVID-19 pandemic is making this situation worse, with loss of employment, social isolation, or reduced grocery store hours affecting food accessibility.
The Dalhousie Student Union’s student-led food security initiatives are working to address this growing issue for Dal and King’s students. The DSU Food Bank, the Loaded Ladle, the DSU Farmers’ Market, the DSU Sustainability Office and the Food Pantry at the Agricultural Campus in Truro are each striving to increase food security for students. They make free food available, supply occasional meals, subsidize the cost of locally grown produce, and provide education about healthy food choices and meal preparation.
With the need for these food security initiatives growing, students need your help. By making a donation to The Food Security Project, you will help us increase food security for Dal and King’s students. These funds will impact hundreds of students a month. Any donation – no matter the size – will make a difference.
Just a few weeks ago on Giving Tuesday (December 1st), the J & W Murphy Foundation – the campaign’s matching donor – matched all donations to this campaign from individuals up to $20,000. Eight other universities from across Nova Scotia also joined Dalhousie and the Foundation, raising funds to improve food security for students around the province.
Please consider making your donation to The Food Security Project today. Together, we can make a difference for Dalhousie and King’s students.
P.S. Along with your donation, we invite you to leave some words of encouragement for students on our Food Security Project donor wall. Your comments will help us learn why you have decided to support this cause, while encouraging others to donate. We can’t thank you enough for your support!
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Dillon Consulting is currently running a national Million Meals campaign initiative, supporting various food security related initiatives from coast to coast. This Dal initiative fits well into Dillon's campaign. Dillon's offices in Nova Scotia (2 in Halifax and 1 in Sydney) are comprised of many staff that have graduated from Dal and continue to support the university and its community. Great initiative and best wishes! - Dillon Consulting
No-one should go hungry in today's society. Nutrition is also essential for performance. For students trying to further their education keeping food on your plate should not impede your work and efforts to succeed. Food is a human right
Reflecting on the generosity of others in my own life, makes this donation all the more meaningful
I sadly remember one year that I dropped over 15 Lbs . I could only afford one meal per day. My mother cried when she saw me at Christmas. Too proud to ask for help, I guess. Thank You for doing this for the students and removing the stigma.
It's important to support students so they can reach their full potential. We all need a little help along the way. I think there's power in numbers and working together. Every little bit helps!
When I was a university student, I struggled to afford nutritious, quality food and the time to prepare it. A typical meal was pan fried frozen veggie mix, mr noodles and eggs- probably nutritious enough, but low on freshness and quality. I was so fortunate to have a local church that supplied free fruit, veggies, whole grain breads and special holiday meal boxes- it meant so much to have this support from the community. I look back at that time with fond memories and I’m happy to support this important program at Dalhousie. I think it’s wonderful.
Such a fantastic project! Attending university is incredibly expensive in Canada. This project will help students continue their studies knowing the Dal community cares about their wellbeing and their success as students.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
King's and Dalhousie gave me a wonderful boost toward a life that has been fulfilling in a great number of ways.
Wishing all Dal students a very happy holiday season and a delicious Christmas meal. Robert A. Lewington, BPE ‘76, sports HOF 2015