By Kalinowski, Tim on November 21, 2019.
Food insecurity is a reality on campus for many students, says Cody Thomson, vice-president of of the Philanthropy, Advancement, Community and Tradition (PACT) Club at the University of Lethbridge.
“We’re really trying to help address and tackle the issue of of food insecurity on campus,” he says. “One in four students (on campus) sometimes run out of food. We do have our student union food bank, and sometimes those students in need access it. But we only have about eight per cent of people who do need it accessing it. We’re trying to say to students food insecurity is a thing on campus, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. We are trying to de-stigmatize it.”
Thomson was helping hand out free breakfast coupons to hundreds of students on Wednesday as part of the U of L’s broader Nourish campaign taking place this week.
“The intent is to help nourish the well-being of all students on campus,” he says. “There is a whole bunch of buzz about this (free breakfast initiative), and it is actually part of the university’s much larger Nourish campaign. We are also doing another initiative for PACT called ‘Dinner for Six,’ where we’re having alumni host dinners for students where the students can get a free meal and chat with them. As well, we are having our Food Pantry Project. We had over $1,300 donated to that. We are going to have pantries around campus which will have easy access food students can take home with them. There will also be campus care parcels handed out later.”
PACT helps build bridges between alumni and current students. It was alumni and other members of the community who made the free breakfast initiative possible, says Thomson.
“We have about 600 breakfasts to hand out, and they were all donated by alumni and community members.”
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