When students have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food, it not only fortifies them mentally and physically, it also helps ensure they are at their peak performance academically. But research shows that about 40 per cent of post-secondary students experience some form of food insecurity – that’s more than triple the national average.
Last year on Giving Tuesday, Dalhousie launched the Food Security Project to raise funds for students in need of affordable, accessible and nutritious food. Eight universities from across Nova Scotia joined Dalhousie and the J & W Murphy Foundation to support student-led food security programs. Thanks to generous support from Dal alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, we far exceeded our fundraising goal of $40,000 and were able to keep hundreds of Dalhousie and King’s students fed each month through the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank and Agricultural Campus Food Pantry. Funds were directly invested in buying groceries and employing a Food Bank manager.
Working Together Again to Advance Food Security
This year, food security is still a major challenge for many students. The cost of groceries has risen 8 to 10 per cent since the spring. This trend is expected to last well into next year. For students, these higher price tags can mean the difference between a stocked pantry and a skipped meal. To address this growing issue, the J & W Murphy Foundation has made a commitment to match donations from individuals up to $20,000 again this year, so that your gift can have double the impact. Universities and colleges across Nova Scotia are rallying to confront food insecurity on campus.
Students still need your help. We are challenging our Dalhousie community to raise $50,000 on Giving Tuesday (Nov 30) to promote food security on campus. Your donation will have a direct impact on student wellness through the DSU Food Bank and Agricultural Campus Food Pantry. Together we can ensure Dal and King’s students have reliable access to nourishing food when they need it.
If you would like more information about this campaign please reach out to Jessica Feader at firstname.lastname@example.org. To mail a cheque please send to the Office of Advancement, 6389 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 2A5.