Posted on December 6, 2023

Spud food drive provides abundance to VCC’s Gathering Space pantry

With the rising cost of living and soaring prices at the grocery stores, it’s no wonder that more and more students are facing food insecurity. 

A 2023 budget survey conducted by the Students’ Union of VCC revealed that 52% of students had an unexpected expense in the last six months that was difficult to pay and 13% of VCC students have used a food bank.

Poor academic performance is just one of the ripple effects that many food-insecure students reportedly encounter. Studies have shown individuals who are food insecure also experience detrimental effects on their mental and physical well-being.

That’s where VCC and community partner, Spud stepped in.

During November and early December, customers of had the opportunity to help support VCC students. By donating non-perishable items into their Spud bin, the food was directly provided to VCC’s Gathering Space pantry, an initiative from VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department that provides healthy and accessible snacks and grocery items for Indigenous students who are impacted by food insecurity.


The food drive is part of VCC Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign for 2023. The Foundation is raising vital funds to combat food insecurity with a holiday hamper for students in need, food pantries in selected departments, and food security education for students.  

"We are immensely grateful for the invaluable support of Spud in making the food drive an overwhelming success,” shares Moira Gookstetter, VCC Foundation Executive Director. “Through their generosity, we have not only provided essential sustenance to students in need but have also strengthened the bonds that help our college community thrive. This collaboration exemplifies the transformative power of community partnerships, reinforcing our shared commitment to removing barriers that prevent students from achieving their educational goals.”

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