Traditionally, the SFU Food Bank was a jointly-operated service between the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) and SFU Student Services. However, it was determined by SFU Student Services that the physical food bank and food distribution system was unsustainable and logistically difficult to maintain resulting in closure of the service.

The decision to close the food bank was therefore made by SFU Student Services over the summer of 2013, and the SFU Food Bank officially ceased food distribution as of December 31, 2013.

In response to the closure of this essential service, the SFSS Food Bank Working Group met continuously with various stakeholders and developed the SFSS Emergency Food Bank Certificate Program.

The SFSS Certificate Program began its pilot phase on October 1, 2013 in the hopes of addressing students’ need for immediate access to food. This emergency certificate program provides students, who self-identify as being in financial need, with food certificates. These certificates are valued at $25 and are valid for redemption at Nesters SFU Burnaby. This program was designed as a first-line response to student hunger without referring students to distant, off-campus resources. Undergraduate students are eligible to access the food certificates up to three times per semester by registering through an online survey.

We thank the Graduate Student Society, Out on Campus, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, SFSS Board of Directors, SFSS General Office Coordinators and Staff, SFU Residence and Housing, SFU Student Services, SFU Women’s Centre, and many SFU students for their commitment, valued contribution to dialogue, and hard work in alleviating student hunger at SFU.