The Fast and the Studious is the Campus Food Bank’s annual 24 hour fast and pledge drive. Participants take part in a pledge drive soliciting donations beginning right when they register culminating in a 24 hour fast beginning on November 30th. The Fast and Studious has the dual goal of fundraising and helping to raise awareness of food and housing insecurity on campus.
This year, EPCOR will be matching every donation received up to $15,000 through their Heart + Soul Fund!
Students are not immune to housing and food insecurity. Whether they are lacking safe or secure housing or lack the ability to afford adequate and healthy food, many students on campus need the support of the Campus Food Bank or Safe House.
2 out of 5 post-secondary students will experience food insecurity at some point while pursuing their education, and international students are up to 2 times more likely to need support than their domestic colleagues. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Campus Food Bank has experienced a considerable rise in usage. At the same time over 70,000 post secondary students experience homelessness every year. The 2018 UASU Undergraduate survey found that students experiencing potential homelessness are also far more likely to skip meals frequently due to the cost of food.
By participating in The Fast and Studious you are not only helping us raise awareness of the issues faced by many of our community members, but you are raising funds to help both Safe House and the Campus Food Bank support students in need. The funds raised will help the Campus Food Bank purchase fresh foods for clients, and support the continued operation of our food bank. The funds will also make it possible for Safe House to provide more nights of accommodation to students in emergency housing need.
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Thank you to EPCOR for matching donations up to $15,000 and providing $5,000 in sponsorship from the EPCOR Heart and Soul Fund!
Please Note: Visitors to the Campus Food Bank office will be asked to show their Campus Ready pass. Find more details on how to get this pass at https://www.ualberta.ca/covid-19/vaccinations-testing/campus-ready.html