Guelph Student FoodBank

In an effort to combat hunger and poverty on campus and in the greater Guelph community, the Guelph Student FoodBank provides graduate and undergraduate University of Guelph students access to emergency food, anti-poverty resources, and referrals to other food security, anti-poverty and financial assistance groups. This service is always confidential.

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours

  • Friday, April 14: Closed for stat holiday
  • April 28 - May 3: Closed for spring cleaning 
  • Starting May 4: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12pm - 6pm
  • Or by appointment by emailing foodbank@uoguelph.ca

Contact Information

  • Coordinator: foodbank@uoguelph.ca
  • Volunteer & Donations Coordinator: foodvc@uoguelph.ca
  • Phone: 519-824-4120 x52561
  • Location: 620 Gordon Street

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Upcoming Events

If you are unable to contact us or are in need of support, contact any of the agencies in the Guelph Wellington Dufferin Food Access Guide.

Who is Eligible?

All current undergraduate and graduate students who are in need of emergency food are eligible to use our services. For the first visit we ask that all students bring their valid UofG student ID card and complete a short intake form. From there a visitor ID number is assigned and a corresponding visitor card will be given out; the visitor card must be brought to each subsequent visit. The Guelph Student FoodBank provides a maximum of 30 items per person in the family per month; we do not have a limit on the number of visits to our service, so visitors may take items as they are needed.

Funding Applications

  • The funding applications can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page under "File Attachments"

Volunteering

Volunteers, We Want You! Please complete the volunteer application form and drop it off at the Guelph Student FoodBank, CSA Front Office or email it to us at foodvc@uoguelph.ca

  • The Summer 2017 volunteer application form can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page under "File Attachments"

What Are We?

The Guelph Student FoodBank, started and funded by students, began in the Fall of 2004. Since then we have seen the scope of our work increase dramatically as the real and often hidden issues of hunger and impoverishment become more evident. We have helped hundreds of people in need, and held a series of events that focused on raising awareness about and resistance to poverty and hunger in our communities. With more than 1200 students accessing emergency food services in the community, the need for the Guelph Student FoodBank couldn’t be greater.

Our Programs

Breakfast Program

Every Wednesday, 9:30am - 11:30am in the CSA Boardroom (UC 273). Foods offered are coffee/tea, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, muffins.

Garden Fresh Box

The Garden Fresh Box program is run out of the Guelph Community Health Centre to offer a source of affordable fresh produce that also supports local farmers (available in sizes small and large). Orders are monthly, so you can place one at the FoodBank by the first Friday of the month and they’ll come in the third Wednesday for pick up. The box is stocked with seasonal produce; in the fall and summer the food is from local farms like Ignatius, while in the winter much is still locally sourced from Don’s Produce and the Elmira Auction, but it is supplemented with things like bananas. You can look on the Guelph Community Health Centre websiteto see how much would come in a typical large vs. small box.

Cooking Classes

In the Fall and Winter semesters we host a monthly cooking class! Check out our facebook page to find out when we’ll be hosting a new class!

Some of our past classes were:

  • Delicious Medleys: coriander and pinto bean dip, vegetable pilao with chutney, raspberry jam filled cookied
  • Simply Soups: butternut squash corn and bean stew, noodle soup bowl, carrot ginger soup
  • Sides and Stir-fry: avocado and chickpea dip, rice noodle stir fry, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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