The Food Security Project

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Food Security on Campus

For students, access to affordable and nourishing food is never a given. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing affordability crisis, up to 40% of postsecondary students reported experiencing some form of food insecurity.

Food prices have now increased by more than 15% in just the last two years, 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 on-campus 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. The student-run DSU Food Bank in particular has seen a 40% uptick in usage, to the point that they have had to shift from a drop-in to appointment-based operating model.

That’s why the Food Security Project is back again this Giving Tuesday, 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 third 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.

Thanks to the foundation’s matching support, gifts from individuals up to $20,000 will go twice as far again this year. That means your contribution can have double the impact.

We’ve exceeded our goal for two years running, and our objective this time is to bring in over $60,000 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 clare.macdermott@dal.ca. To mail a cheque please send to the Office of Advancement, 6389 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 2A5.

Supporters

Catherine Harrop

Thank you for doing this. - Catherine

David Pilon

Simone Abbass

Cynthia Parks

James Boxall

My students, far too many, end up at the food bank of Monday night meals. This shouldn't be and it breaks my heart.

Deborah Owens

I know it can be a financial struggle being a student and it is important to be well nourished in order to function properly.

Kimberly McDonald Winsor

Joan Sargeant

Douglas Chaytor

Jodi Reid

William Lahey

Herbert Orlik

Sandra & Ben McIsaac

Le Bistro By Liz

Restaurants know all too well the challenges of navigating the uncertainty of our current era, and that's why it makes sense to partner with the Food Security Project this Giving Tuesday. Students represent our collective futures; it's important for all of us that they have their basic needs met.

Budapest Bistro

We've all been impacted by the rising cost of living, but students, many of them far from home or working multiple jobs to make ends meet, are having an especially hard time. Budapest Bisztro is happy to pitch in to keep shelves stocked at campus food banks this Giving Tuesday.

Wendy and Allan Stewart

We feel good about giving back in a very fundamental way. A secure source of nutritious food is taken for granted until it is compromised. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees in Agriculture / Biology from NSAC have given us an appreciation of food - from soil and sea, to mouth and belly. We hope that our donation will help students to focus on their studies instead of worrying about their next meal.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

varsha hemrajani

We all can help each other.

XENOPHON STEPHEN TZAGARAKIS

Carol Sinclair

I understand students are finding it very difficult to pay for food rent etc and want to help