There are a lot of things students need to worry about; where your next meal is coming from shouldn’t be one of them. George Brown students in financial need can access food supplies to supplement their groceries at the Student Food Bank across all three convenient locations.

Purpose of the Student Association Food Bank

The Student Association Food Bank is an emergency program available for current students of George Brown College. The Food Bank is intended to provide emergency food for current GBC students who are experiencing financial hardships due to reasons, such as, high tuition and/or living costs, and cannot afford to buy food and need a 2-3 day supply of food.

The Food Bank can assist any current GBC student whose needs fit this purpose. Students who visit the food bank often have a range of needs, your needs may range from experiences such as:

  • I have to choose between buying my textbooks and buying my groceries
  • I often worry that my money will run out if I buy the food I need
  • My income is not sufficient to stock my pantry with food for the week and/or pay my bills etc.
  • The food that I buy doesn’t last, and I don’t have enough money to buy more
  • I can’t afford to eat healthy and balanced meals
  • I regularly rely on a few low-cost foods in order to avoid running out of money to buy more food
  • I sometimes skip meals because there isn’t enough money to buy food

If you can relate to any of these scenarios or have questions, please speak with our staff who may be able to help you.
If you do not relate to any of these experiences, we always encourage you to speak with us, as we may be able to help you with other questions and/or provide you with alternative resources and support.

 

How to:

· Register: Students can register across all three convenient locations on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

· Renew: Each new semester, a new timetable needs to be shown to continue with the service. Students may also be asked to re-register at the start of each new academic year (September or January).

· Use it effectively: Non-perishables, perishables and from time to time, fresh produce is available. Some household products may also be distributed. Using the food bank to pick up only one or two snack items is strongly discouraged. The food bank is to be treated as an emergency food service and is meant for those students who struggle financially.

To register for the food bank, contact us or drop by:
· St. James campus – 200 King Street E, Room 159A. (416) 415-5000 ext. 2845
· Casa Loma campus – E Building, Room E127. (416) 415-5000 ext. 6314
· Waterfront campus – Concourse Level, Room 031. (416) 415-5000 ext. 5356

And, please bring the following:

  • GBC Student ID
  • Current class schedule
  • One digital or hardcopy verification of finances, such as: OSAP, GIC, OW, ODSP or a rental agreement. If you do not have any of these, please contact the Food Bank, and our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Spring and Summer 2018 Food Bank Hours (May 1 to Aug. 31)

St. James

Waterfront

Casa Loma

Monday

Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration: 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

FOOD BANK CLOSED

Tuesday

FOOD BANK CLOSED

 

Open for registration ONLY from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

FOOD BANK CLOSED

 

Open for registration ONLY from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

FOOD BANK CLOSED

 

Open for registration ONLY from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday

Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Registration:
3  p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

FOOD BANK CLOSED

Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Registration:
3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday 

Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Registration:
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Registration: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Food Bank: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Registration: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Friday 

FOOD BANK CLOSED

FOOD BANK CLOSED

FOOD BANK CLOSED

 

Note: The Good Food Market is open on Wednesdays  at Waterfront and Thursdays at the Casa Loma campus.

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Food Bank FAQ’s

Why do I have to register for the Food Bank?

As with other college services, such as counselling, there are a number of reasons why registration is a necessary step to get you started at the food bank.

1)  This is our opportunity to find out how best to serve you based on your current needs and number of family member dependents.

2) In order to operate smoothly and ensure everyone has the same opportunities to receive food, we must give you guidance on how we operate and distribute food.

3) We receive donations from a larger city food bank (Daily Bread Food Bank) that requires us to gather and record some member information (first name only, number of family members, allergies, etc.) into their Link2Feed system.

 
Is the food expired?

No. There is no expired food in the Food Bank. There are two kinds of date markings: Best Before and Expiration dates. An Expiration date is not the same as a Best-Before date.

Expiry dates are required only on certain foods that have strict compositional and nutritional specifications which may not be met after the expiration (formulated liquid diets, foods prescribed by a physician for diet, meal replacements, nutritional supplements, and baby formulas).

Best Before dates tell you the amount of time that an unopened food product, when stored under appropriate conditions, will retain its: freshness, taste, nutritional value, or any other qualities claimed by the manufacturer.

Therefore, food bank does stock foods that are past their Best Before dates because these dates only affect the quality of the product, they do not affect the safety of the food. Also, because the food bank operates on donations—often off the shelves of grocery stores who cannot sell past Best Before dates—these foods are often our only option.

 
Can I come on the weekends?

No, unfortunately, the Food Bank only operates on weekdays.

 
Do I have to be full-time student?

No, any enrolled part-time or full-time student can register for the food bank.

 
Where can I purchase reusable bags on campus?

Since the food bank does not provide bags, it is advised to bring your own. And you can purchase a reusable bag at the campus bookstore for $1.10.

 
Can I volunteer or do my placement at the SA food bank?

Sometimes we do take placement students or need volunteers for events such as our Food Drive campaign. Please contact the community services co-ordinator, Ronnie Cruz, for more information: communitycoordinator@sagbc.ca

 
How well can I be accommodated if I have a gluten dietary concern?

We often carry rice, vegetables, meats and many other items that do not include gluten. However, we only sometimes carry specialty gluten-free items like gluten-free bread or pastas.

 
Can I register my roommate?

You can only include household members on your registration form if they are dependents who rely on you for food and as their main source of income.

 
I live with my parents and I'm their dependent. Can I register my parents?

No, unless you are a caregiver for your parents, they are considered as separate independent bread-winners. If they still require food bank services, we can help you search for a food bank in your neighborhood that they can access independently.

 
Can I leave my food here and pick it up in the afternoon?

No, we do not have the capacity to store everyone’s food for them. If possible, please try to visit the food bank at a time when you will be heading home soon after.

 
Can you save some eggs for me?

No, we endeavour to distribute eggs and all food items in the most equitable way possible, however, if there are no more eggs available when you arrive, you may have to wait until we receive more.

 
Can I take milk and eggs every time I come to the food bank?

Although we allow you to take whatever you need with your points, milk and eggs are the only items we ask that you take just once per week.

 
Can I go into the food bank with my friend even though I'm not registered for the food bank?

No, only the students signing in to the food bank that day may enter the pantry. We do have waiting areas for your friends or family members to sit.

 
Can I send someone to collect food on my behalf?

No, in order to ensure food is being distributed fairly amongst all food bank members, we need to see you in person, along with your ID when you want to pick up food.

 
Do I have to present proof of my partner's income?

If you are including your partner as a dependent on the registration form then, yes.

 
When do I have to update the information I provided to the food bank?

At the beginning of each new semester.

 
I do not have ODSP, OSAP, OW, GIC or a rental agreement what should I do?

We do not turn anyone away who needs the food bank, simply because they lack a document. Please continue with the registration procedure if you feel your financial situation is stretched or limited in such a way that you cannot afford to buy the food you need.

 
Where can I get updated information about the food bank open hours?

The latest hours of operation will always be posted on the food bank door and on the SA website.

 
Can I visit another SA food bank location?

Yes. Once, you’re registered with the food bank you can visit any of our three campus locations: Casa Loma campus (room E127); St James campus (room 159A); Waterfront campus (room 031). However, you may only visit one food bank per day.