Ryerson Students' Union releases report on campus food bank usage

March 17, 2015

A new study produced by the students' union at Ryerson University sheds light on use of the campus food bank. The Hunger Report was compiled by the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) based on information gathered from members of Ryerson's Good Food Centre. The study found that over 2,500 people visited the food bank in 2013–14, a number that is on pace to increase this academic year, and that 422 members of the university community registered for food assistance due to food insecurity. 30% of food bank users were from Ryerson's Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. "[That] really surprised us," said Andrew Silverthorn, one of the report's co-authors. "There's often a stereotype that engineering students come from very wealthy families. This kind of dispels that." Silverthorn speculated that the intensity of engineering programs may leave students with little time for part-time jobs. He further suggested that the increasing number of users of the food bank reflects the growing cost of an education. According to the report, students relying on government loans face an average annual budget shortfall of $1,500. "When you are choosing between textbooks and food, it gets really rough," Silverthorn said. RSU News Release | Metro News