More students in Calgary, Victoria using campus food banks

October 8, 2010

To cope with rising tuition, fewer summer jobs, and less financing, more university students in Calgary are turning to campus food banks. In August, the University of Calgary's food bank handed out 253 hampers to needy students -- an increase of 140 over the previous academic year. One food bank employee say this is the first year the food bank has had empty shelves. As a result of more students seeking handouts, food bank co-ordinators at Mount Royal University say they are low on basic staples such as canned meats and vegetables. In Victoria, representatives of Camosun College's student society say the campus food bank stock is being cleared out weekly. Calgary Herald | Victoria Times-Colonist | C-FAX 1010