Food First January 8th 2018 Statement

January 9th, 2018 – Since the inception of the BUSU Food First program, addressing food insecurity for all students at Brock has been our goal. Since the program’s relaunch, we’ve seen an increase in students on campus as a whole, as well as an increase in the use of the service. With these increases, we’ve recently had to make some changes to our program, to ensure we’re best able to serve the members of BUSU and to maintain Food First as a sustainable service for years to come.

This program is predominantly funded by BUSU, an organization which represents Brock’s undergraduate students, and by generous donations from on-campus partners. Up until this point, graduate students have been extended the same usage allotment as undergraduate students, despite paying significantly less into the program. Beginning January 10th 2018, we have been forced to reduce the number of times per semester graduate students can access the Food First program from 3 to 1 in order to accommodate budgeting concerns. If you feel as though this change has affected you significantly, please reach out to your Graduate Students’ Association (https://brocku.ca/graduate-students-association/) and express your support for Graduate funding for BUSU run initiatives.

If you are a graduate student facing food and health insecurity, please consider contacting the following local organizations for assistance:

Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold
http://www.communitycarestca.ca/services

Project Share Niagara
http://www.projectshare.ca/food-bank