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 email@example.com. To mail a cheque please send to the Office of Advancement, 6389 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 2A5.
All students should have access to ample nutritious food!
Great project! I trust that it will be successful.
Very important initiative for continued student support. Thanks to everyone involved in this program, keep up the good work.
RCR Hospitality Group
Sobeys Community Action Fund
President's Office President's Fund
Students need to study No student should go hungry or have to decide to buy books or groceries!!
Glad to help to nourish the young brains that we all count on for the future!
Keep up the great work - keeping critical students needs at the forefront.
James B Riordan
Let's Help Struggling Students
While the pandemic was tough, rapidly rising food costs are even tougher. This is a great and necessary cause. We hope that things will soon get back to a point where nobody has to worry about where their next meal is going to come from...
Food access should not be something students need to worry about when they come to Dalhousie - donating is a very small way to help.
Happy to pay it forward for students!