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UBC Meal Share Program

 

Applications for the UBC Meal Share pilot program are now open. Learn more and apply below.
 

UBC Vancouver Students

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UBC Okanagan Students

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If you are a UBC student who finds yourself making the tough choice between paying bills and buying food, you may be experiencing food insecurity. It’s ok to ask for help, and it is important that you know you are not alone. Support is available.  


For some students, a lack of financial access to nutritious food adds an additional layer of worry and challenge to their lives. This can have significant impacts on wellbeing and academic success.

UBC’s Food Security Initiative is working collaboratively across our campuses to explore opportunities for dignified, reduced stigma access to food and funds to support students and promote food security. We recognize that the UBC Meal Share Program is one small step, not a long-term solution, in our efforts towards systems-wide change to reduce food insecurity in our community. 

What is UBC Meal Share?

The UBC Meal Share Program is a pilot program* made possible through the generous support of the UBC community. The pilot will run October 2021-April 2022 and will provide students experiencing financial barriers to accessing adequate food with non-repayable funds or significant discounts to access food. 

At UBC Vancouver, support will be available through one of four options: 

  • The UBCcard: $100 direct funds on the UBCcard for use at eligible locations.
  • CHOMP Student “Eat for Less” UBC Card meal plan: discount on meal plans.
  • UBC Eats: discount on a plan or two weeks free meals with the purchase of a monthly meal plan.
  • Grocery Store gift card: $100 e-gift card at participating Loblaws locations.

At UBC Okanagan, support will be available through one of 2 options:

  • The UBCcard: $100 direct funds on the UBCcard for use at eligible locations.
  • Grocery Store gift card: $100 e-gift card at participating Loblaws locations.

Program Details

The program is confidential*- when accessing food from the options above, no one will know you received support from the UBC Meal Share Program. Your personal information will only be viewed by Meal Share Program administrators.  

Funds will be available at the beginning of each month until they run out. We recommend setting a reminder to check back at the beginning of each month to apply and exploring other food and financial campus supports, including UBC Food Security ResourcesEnrollment Services Advisor at UBC Vancouver, and Student Records & Financial Support at UBC Okanagan.

*Please note that the program is currently a pilot program, which means that some program elements may change over time as we learn and adapt to meet students' needs better. We will share an evaluation survey approximately two weeks after receiving support to provide feedback on the program.

Eligibility 

  • Self-identify as experiencing challenges accessing adequate and appropriate food due to financial reasons. 
  • Current UBC Vancouver or Okanagan students residing within the Vancouver and Okanagan area with a valid UBCcard, student number and email are eligible. 
  • You may apply for funds a maximum of two times each academic term. 
  • See details on the specific support options below for any program-specific restrictions.  

*Privacy Notification: Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for the UBC Meal Share Program. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to sara.kozicky@ubc.ca.


How do I apply?

Applying to the UBC Meal Share Program is simple and confidential: 

  1. Submit your UBC Vancouver application here or UBC Okanagan application here. You will need to provide a valid UBCcard, student number, and email. In addition, you will be asked to rank your preference for the type of support. Please see these tables for more information about each specific support: UBCV Meal Share- Support Details or UBCO Meal Share- Support Details.
  2. You will receive confirmation and further information on using your funds via email within approximately 24-48 hours. Processing times will vary and please allow for more time if you submit your application on the weekend or a statutory holiday. Funds will be distributed while supplies last.

Experiencing food insecurity?

UBCV Students Apply Here

UBCO Students Apply Here

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What is Food Insecurity? 

Food insecurity means having inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints. It’s a major public health issue in Canada and impacts a higher-than-average number of post-secondary students. In fact, approximately 40% of students at Canadian higher education institutions experiencing some degree of food insecurity—four times higher than the general Canadian population.

The UBC Food Security Initiative

The Food Security Initiative is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and systems-based approach to addressing food insecurity at UBC. To learn more about how we’re working together to increase food security in both the short-term and the long-term, visit wellbeing.ubc.ca/foodsecurityinitiative. 

Food Security Resources 

If you are a student who is in need of support, please visit the following webpage where resources are available:  https://wellbeing.ubc.ca/food-security-resources.

Photo Credits 

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