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“Like so many others, our students have suffered a significant loss of income and are finding it difficult to cover their basic costs of living. We have set up this working group to develop longer term plans that will ensure food security for our students and for our local community during these times of uncertainty.”

Clarissa Shepherd, Guelph Student FoodBank coordinator

Helping students access affordable food

To help ensure students have access to affordable food amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Guelph is responding through food hamper delivery, electronic grocery cards and monetary donations.

The university has established a COVID-19 food security working group made up of students, faculty and staff that not only ensure students have access to food and housing, but are also providing support through virtual connections and programming to help them cope with feelings of anxiety and isolation.

With the help of alumni donations, Student Housing provided students still living in residence with kitchen supplies, so they don’t have to rely on eating more expensive prepackaged foods, helping ease additional financial and emotional strain on these students.

To learn more, visit University of Guelph.