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Food Insecurity Advisory Committee connects students with food access resources

More than six per cent of Queen’s students experience food insecurity – worrying that their food will run out before they have enough money to buy more. To help students wondering or worrying about food, Queen’s has launched a food access resources webpage, which compiles information about on- and off-campus resources. Some of these services help people access food, while others teach skills, such as how to eat healthy on a budget.

This new webpage was created under the guidance of the Provost’s Food Insecurity Advisory Committee, which was formed last year to implement the recommendations of the November 2019 Queen’s report on food insecurity within the university community.

The committee has been meeting regularly, and a student employee position has been created to help advance the committee’s work. Alex McCartney, a fourth-year Life Science student, is working to initiate a student food collective, which aims to help create a food culture at Queen’s, as well as a common understanding of food insecurity and access at the university.

”We have been really encouraged by the collaborations among student groups and campus stakeholders that have formed as a result of the committee,” says Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, and Committee Chair. “Centering students in the work has been key to effective strategies and responses. We look forward to continuing the work, which will also include making closer connections to community organizations and groups who also support students.”

In addition to the new web resource, the committee has developed graphics shared on social media to help connect students facing food insecurity with resources and supports, and the AMS food bank has been working closely with the committee to develop a student newsletter which will provide the most up to date information about supports, services and events happening in and around campus.

Learn more about the Food Insecurity Advisory Committee on the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) website, where you can also read the 2019 Food Insecurity Report. See below for one of the infographics that has been shared to social media.

Graphic with information on food access resources