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Queen’s is increasing its food donation efforts to help the community during COVID-19.

photo of food set aside for donation
Queen's Hospitality Services has donated over $11,000 of food to Kingston area partners since March 20. (Supplied photo.) 

Queen’s regularly donates unused food items to Kingston area partners that feed people in need. As the effects of COVID-19 are being felt in the region, the university has started to give even more than usual. Since March 20, Queen’s has donated over $11,000 of food to local shelters and food banks.

“Giving back to our community is a priority right now and in this time when many people are facing uncertainty we want to do what we can to help. Since a lot of students have now left campus, we have been able to direct unused food to non-profit organizations that can put it to good use,” says Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Housing and Ancillary Services.

The donations since March 20 have consisted primarily of perishable food items, such as fresh produce and dairy. But Hospitality Services is reviewing all items in their inventory and working with their partners, such as vending machine suppliers, to divert food to local non-profits.

Several hundred students remain in residences, as they are unable to leave at this time. These students continue to receive necessary supports, include food service.  Students with optional meal plans who need access to food can also continue to use their plans. Housing & Ancillary Services is working closely with KFL&A Public Health and our other community partners to determine the best use of our residence buildings.

Community partners

Many different organizations in Kingston have received donations or are scheduled to receive them. Currently, the full list of these partners is:

  • Partners in Mission Food Bank 
  • Salvation Army
  • Martha's Table
  • Kingston Youth Shelter
  • Kingston Community Housing Partnership
  • In from the cold
  • Interval house
  • Lunch by George

Throughout the academic year, Queen’s Hospitality Services partners with Queen’s Soul Food, Food Rescue, and Loving Spoonful to deliver unused food from campus cafeterias to local food banks every night. Learn more about this work on the Hospitality Services website.