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Spotlight: Feds Student Food Bank
Name: Feds Student Food Bank
Year Established: 1994
Location: Student Life Centre Room 3102
“We are all in this together.”
The Feds Student Food Bank is a completely confidential, student-run service that allows students in need to pick up groceries for free on campus, with no questions asked.
The Food Bank is completely anonymous to allow students to feel comfortable in using this service. All students need in order to be eligible to pick up groceries is an active WATcard. Each visit, students are allowed to pick out up to 10lbs of groceries and are permitted three visits every 30 days. Since fall 2018, the Food Bank has served over 500 visits.
Like most of the students that choose to volunteer with the Feds Student Food Bank, Narayan Subramoniam, analytics and development executive of the Food Bank, strives to create a welcoming environment on campus for students that are in need.
"The fact that [Feds has] an active service like this on campus is a testament to the promise that we are all in this together," said Subramoniam.
The Food Bank holds food drive fundraisers such as the Reunion Football game and Trick-or-Eat. These events have brought in more than 3,000 pounds of groceries and raised an additional $226.75.
While the Food Bank provides a wide variety of groceries to suit many dietary needs, this service is also dedicated to raising awareness about healthy eating habits through their events and social media campaigns. More importantly, however, is their goal to break the negative stigma associated with turning to services like these for help.
For students that are interested in volunteering with this service and being a friendly face for those in need, they can sign up on Leads a few weeks before each term or in person during campus fairs. Students can take on a greater role in the service by applying for executive positions on Leads as well.
“The Food Bank is the perfect place for seeing the change you’re making. It is a service that is virtuous and helps people out,” said Subramoniam. “So if you want to do good, in the truest sense of that word, come volunteer with us.”