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    The number of students who depend on the University of Ottawa’s (UOttawa) food bank has been continually increasing every year, according to the food bank’s service co-ordinator Chris Hynes. The food bank, which was frequented by 3,300 UOttawa students in 2011, was developed in 2006 after students voted in favour of paying a levy to […]

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    On a warm and sunny October afternoon, a couple of volunteers and I walked across campus carrying buckets full of cherry tomatoes, a few carrots, and a handful of pole beans. Our knees were green from kneeling in tomato patches, and our hands were stained from the rich living soil that we had built in […]

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    Five hundred grams of green peas lay in an unopened bag. On the back, the bag contains preparation instructions that, if followed correctly, could mean enjoyment of such delicious organic green peas is five minutes away. But the front of the sealed pea bag includes an important warning. “Keep frozen,” it reads in bold, capitalized letters. At Ryerson University, a group of engineering students recently adopted this cause, parading through the streets on March 27 to campaign against the threat of unfrozen peas. “What do we want? Peas! How do we want them? Frozen!” they chanted, carrying signs urging the public to “Freeze the Peas.” The Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS)’s frosh orientation committee organized the rally. It parodied the [...]

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    Lakehead University is partnering with Ryerson University and Meal Exchange on a three-year pilot project focusing on solutions to food insecurity. Lakehead was chosen to be part of the project after a 2016 survey by Meal Exchange found it had the most food insecurity among universities surveyed. Meal Exchange is a national non-profit organization that works with universities, food banks, and campus kitchens to address student hunger and food insecurity. The project has not started yet but it will look at the causes of food insecurity and solutions at Lakehead, according to Charles Levkoe, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the school. He has worked with food systems, food sovereignty, and food security work for over 15 years. [...]

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    A new study from the University of Waterloo on food insecurity among students shows that there’s a need to challenge the “starving student” ideology which normalizes the lack of access to healthy food during post-secondary studies. The study found that students normalized experiences of food insecurity as typical of post-secondary education. In contrast, they expressed anxiety and frustration with financial inaccessibility to healthy food, and described negative implications for their physical and mental health, and their ability to perform well in school, according to the study.  Merryn Maynard, the program operations co-ordinator for Meal Exchange, a charity that focuses on supporting students who are experiencing food insecurity, co-authored the study.  She said she conducted the study as a graduate student at Waterloo, which also [...]