Student food bank valuable resource for students

Date Posted: November 5, 2015

With winter just around the corner, many students are finding their funds are running low. Students face the continued struggle of making ends meet — often working one or more part-time jobs while being a full-time student. Sometimes even that isn’t enough. 

“This can be a tough time of year for students — exams are nearing, deadlines are looming and money can be tight,” said Anne Cooper, SA food bank coordinator. “Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of help to make the picture brighter.”

Students requiring an emergency food hamper should call the Student Funding & Awards Office at 403-342-3254 or drop by the office in Room 1102. Clients are required to be a member of the Students’ Association. Additional services offered by Student Funding & Awards include assistance with budgeting and emergency financial assistance. 

Bringing Hope
The Students’ Association Student Food Bank is looking for help Bringing Hope to the Table this fall and winter. From October 13 to November 30, it will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to help spread a little hope this holiday season and into the new year. Items collected during this time will be used to build Student Food Bank hampers in December and beyond.

While every donation is appreciated there are some items which are not of high demand at the SA Student Food Bank. Items like baby formula, baby food and diapers are not as necessary. If those items are required the Red Deer Food Bank can help the Student Food Bank meet those needs.

Donations of unopened, non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the Students’ Association office, in the SA Student Food Bank collection bin (located by the Main Gym) or in the collection boxes located in the Patch or near Student Advising.

The Student Food Bank also accepts cash donations. These cash donations are used to purchase food vouchers, which students can then use to purchase perishable groceries like fresh fruit, vegetable, milk, bread and meat.

Outstanding Support
The SA Student Food Bank has always enjoyed outstanding support from the Red Deer College community — its staff, faculty, students and supporters.

“On behalf of the Students’ Association Student Food Bank, I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year,” said Cooper. “We appreciate the support we have received from faculty, departments, student groups/clubs, Red Deer City Food Bank Society, numerous individuals and special events on campus. Every donation — no matter how large or how small — makes a difference.  

“The special events held by different groups on campus help out in two ways — not only do they bring in donations, they also help increase awareness of the Student Food Bank.”

The SA food bank is open to questions, comments or suggestions. Drop by and speak with Anne Cooper at the Students’ Association office or email anne.cooper(at)rdc.ab.ca


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