The Food Security Project


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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Daniel McElroy

Ethel Kostman

Elizabeth Thompson

What an incredible project. So glad I could help!

Lori Andrews

Robert Zed

You-Zhi Tang

Youths are our future

Linda Gagnon

University is so much more expensive than in my day.

Nancy Morrison

Laura Leadbetter-Fuoco

My father passed away one month into my first year at Dalhousie. It was an incredibly difficult time and along with my personal loss, added additional financial pressures. I understand the challenges students face and I try to help others as much as I can.

Susan Tziolas

Sounds like an excellent project to support healthy eating knowledge.

Scott Burbidge

"Sharing and donating food is about human solidarity"

Brian Arkelian

Jeff Forbes

KBRS (Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette)

Jason Yung

Pita Pit

elizabeth Ryan

Devarsh Sood

Great initiative especially in these challenging times.

Norma MacIsaac

Chris Makuch

Aubrey Palmeter

Eastpoint Engineering