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Using the Food Bank

Using the Food Bank

Using the Food Bank

There is no registration process, all that is required is a valid UBC ID. Each time you visit, we will ask for your name and student ID, this information is kept confidential.

On your first visit, you will receive 1 or 2 reusable AMS Services bag(s) that you should bring with you for any future visits. Individual customers will receive one bag and families (supporting one or more dependents) receive two. At your visit, you can shop around and fill your AMS Services bag(s) with food like you would at a grocery store. Out of respect for others, we ask that you please follow the limits posted around the Food Bank and limit your time to 10-15 minutes.

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.

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 outline 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

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. 

Questions about our usage statistics, please contact foodbank@ams.ubc.ca.

Additionally, the AMS Food Bank Team has worked in collaboration with the AMS Academic & University Affairs office to produce the following infographic to increase awareness about the prevalence of campus food security and about how to access the AMS Food Bank: Food Bank Infographic 2021