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Food Bank

Food Bank

The AMS Food Bank is an emergency food relief service for UBC students in need. We offer various non-perishable foods, personal hygiene supplies, budgeting tips and information on additional resources in and around Vancouver. We receive supplies from a number of generous sponsors, including: Save on Foods and UBC sustainability, but otherwise rely on donations from students to stock the food bank; give when you can, take when you need.

Donating to the Food Bank

The success of the AMS Food bank is primarily dependent on donations from the community. We accept any non-perishable items, but there are certain items that are needed more than others. Please keep these in mind if you’re deciding what to donate:

  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Seasoning
  • Rice
  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • Canned vegetables (peas, corn, chickpeas)
  • Canned soup
  • Baby products (diapers, formula, baby food)
  • Cereal
  • Oats/oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Veggie burgers
  • Soy milk
  • Fresh vegetables

Please no expired, open, or damaged food.

To make a donation, please visit during office hours or email us to arrange a time for pickup.

We’re tremendously grateful to the student groups, campus partners, and businesses that support us: Save on Foods, UBC Sustainability, UBC Library, UBC Parking, London Drugs, Community Eats, and the Orchard Garden. 

Donate your time

You can also donate to the Food Bank with your time! The AMS Food Bank team takes care of the operational side of things, including sponsorship agreements, outreach and inventory management, and ensuring our customers find the supplies and resources they need.

We also have a Special Events Volunteer Crew to help out during busier times and around events, such as themed food drives!

If you’re interested in joining the AMS Food Bank team please send a cover letter and resume to


Using the Food Bank

All UBC students with a valid student ID card are welcome to use the Food Bank up to six times a term. This policy is in place to ensure that there are sufficient supplies for everyone in need. Terms run from September – December, January – April and May – August.

On each visit, individual customers receive one bag of groceries, and families receive two bags. New customers receive a complimentary reusable bag on their first visit. Make sure you keep it and bring it back next time you visit to avoid paying $2 for another one!

If our resources are not meeting your needs, our staff will provide referrals to other Lower Mainland food banks and sources of financial assistance. We operate on a trust-based system and will not turn any UBC student away.

We are currently open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10AM – 4PM.