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Food

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, but otherwise rely on donations from students and staff to stock the food bank. We go by the motto of: give when you can, take when you need.

About Us

Using the Food Bank

COVID-19 Information

To ensure that we are keeping our staff and clients as safe as possible, the AMS Food Bank will be adjusting its operating procedure to the following:

  • The inside of the AMS Food Bank is currently inaccessible to clients. Those wishing to access our Services should line up outside the Food Bank door. If the Life Building is closed, please arrive at door nearest to the Bike Kitchen, on the southwest side of the building, and call 604-822-5627 to let the Food Bank team know that you have arrived. This door does not have an accessibility ramp, so for those with different accessibility needs or having trouble finding the door, please call a few minutes before arriving so we can help.
  • Food Bank staff will provide a bag of supplies to clients, pre-filled with a number of standardized items.
  • Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate Food Bank clients outside of our standard hours.
  • Please note that our stock of perishable and non-perishable items may be in low supply, as we depend on availability of items at supermarkets, and donations.

Using the Food Bank

As of November 2020, all current UBC students requiring emergency food relief can use the Food Bank up to 16 times per term. This policy is in place to ensure that supplies are available to all those in emergency situations who need it. Terms run from September – December, January – April and May – August.

We operate on a trust-based system and will not turn any UBC student away.

On each visit, individual customers receive one bag of groceries, and families receive two bags. We are not currently using our reusable bags due to COVID-19, so if you’re worried about carrying a lot of canned goods in thin plastic, please bring a reusable bag or stroller!

If our resources are not meeting your needs, our staff will provide referrals to other Lower Mainland food banks and sources of financial assistance.

The Food Bank’s policies and guidelines for sorting and distribution of food items outlines how we determine what food is suitable for food bank client consumption. It can be found here: AMS of UBC Food Bank Food Distribution Guidelines

Help Us Out

Volunteer for The Food Bank

The AMS Food Bank is not currently hiring volunteers. Please reach out to Kaela at fb.volunteers@ams.ubc.ca to inquire about any future opportunities, or check out the AMS Volunteer Opportunities page for postings.


Donating to the Food Bank

The success of the AMS Food bank is primarily dependent on donations from the community.

Cheques can be made out to: ‘AMS of UBC Vancouver’ for the ‘Attention of AMS Food Bank’.

We now also accept online donations on GoFundMe at the following link: http://gf.me/u/vsd4c8

For food donations, 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
  • Frozen food (such as frozen ready meals)
  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • Canned vegetables (peas, corn, mushrooms)
  • Canned soup
  • Baby products (diapers, formula, baby food)
  • Cereal
  • Oats/oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Milk alternatives

Please refrain from donated opened/damaged food or dented/bulging cans.

To make a food donation, please visit during our open hours or email Austin at fb.food@ams.ubc.ca to arrange a time for pickup.

Thank you for your support! 

Additional Resources

On-Campus

  • UBC Sprouts/Seedlings
    Sprouts Cafe: Life Building, Room 0001C
    Seedlings Cafe: Top floor of the Thea Keorner
    Sprouts and Seedlings are non-profit student run food service outlets. They carry local, nutritious, sustainable food options that are very inexpensive.
  • Sprouts Bulk Buying Club:
    Sprout’s Bulk Buying Club is a service open to anyone in the community. Anyone is welcome to look through all the items offered by Horizon and purchase interested products at a wholesale price.
  • Agora Cafe
    Basement of 2357 Main Mall (H.R. Macmillan Building)
    Agora Cafe is a student run Cafe that has inexpensive vegan and vegetarian food options
  • UBC Farmers’ Market
    The UBC Farm runs seasonal Farmers’ markets from June to November.
  • Fooood
    Earth Sciences Building, 6339 Stores Road, Vancouver BC
    Fooood is a choose-what-you-pay cafe for the UBC community.
  • LFS Wednesday Night Dinner
    Wednesday Night Dinners include affordable vegan and vegetarian food and are put on by the Land and Food System Undergraduate Society.
  • Hillel Hot Lunch
    6145 Student Union Boulevard
    Hillel provides an inexpensive hot lunch serviced at Hillel House on Wednesdays from 10-2
  • UBC Meal Share Service

Off-Campus Resources

Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Locations:

  • 8345 Winston Street, Burnaby
  • 1428 Charles Street, Vancouver

Full list & map of their Community Agency Partners:

What they do:
The GVFB offers 10-15 grocery items a week, maybe more depending on the extra perishable donations they receive. The amount of food you receive is based on the number of people in your household.

How to access the resource:
If you are a new client, you will receive food on your first visit to any location, but will need to register after the first visit.

To register as a client you need:

  • Picture identification
  • Proof of address (like a telephone or utility bill)
  • Care cards or any government-issued ID for all the dependents living with you.

Vancouver Westside:

Vancouver Eastside:

Downtown Vancouver:

  • Gordon Neighbourhood House Community Lunch (Low Cost Resource)
    1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
    The Gordon Neighbourhood House provides Community Lunches at a low cost.
  • Gathering Place Community Centre Meals (Low Cost Resource)
    609 Helmcken Street
    Gathering Place Community centre provides meals that are open to everyone.
  • Quest Food Exchange
    Locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, and Surrey
    Quest Food Exchange recovers quality surplus food from suppliers and then redistributes these goods to clients at a subsidized price.
    How to access the resource: Referral required – You must be referred by a local charity, non profit organization, school, church, healthcare practitioner, or certified health professional.

For more resources…
Visit the Vancouver Food Asset Map which has hundreds of resources for free or low cost groceries, kitchen and food programs, community gardens and more.

Financial Resources

  • UBC Enrollment Services
    All undergraduate students have a dedicated Enrollment Services Advisor to help you with budgeting, applying for loans, and understanding UBC regulations.
  • Student Aid BC
    Loans, grants, and scholarship
  • Canada Student Aid
    Loans, grants, and more
  • UBC Scholarships and Bursaries
    UBC has a range of financial support to reward student’s academic and extracurricular achievements including scholarships and bursaries.

 

Stats and Sponsors

Usage Statistic Trends

The following graph shows the number of visits we’ve had each academic year (May 1 – April 30), dating back to 2006. A “visit” is a time that the food bank is accessed by any student. Also, keep in mind that around 50% of our clients support dependents such as children, so a visit may feed 1 person, or a family of 5 for example.

For any further questions about our usage statistics, please contact foodbank@ams.ubc.ca.

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