Food insecurity is a major issue for students. The CSU Community Cupboard is a program established to support students with one of their basic needs — food. The program connects students with immediate food assistance while also connecting them with other financial and community support.

Hungry? Here’s how you can access the CSU Community Cupboard

Students can access the CSU Community Cupboard by being referred to the CSU by the university’s financial aid & awards department, or even as simple as visiting the CSU Members Centre in LB 195 and requesting a bag of food. We aim to limit the number of bags to one per student per semester, but definitely provide our members with as much support as possible.

What’s included in the program?


The CSU will provide you with a bag of non-perishable food (roughly 10 items per bag).

Emergency bursary fund information

The emergency bursary fund makes available non-repayable funding (funding that you don’t have to pay back) to students in crisis. It is administered through the the university’s financial aid and awards office. When students are approved for the emergency funding, it can take one to two days for the funds to be processed. This is where the CSU Community Cupboard steps in, to assist our members with getting immediate support in terms of food donations while waiting for their emergency funding.

Click here for more information on the emergency bursary fund.

Quest Food Exchange application

Quest Food Exchange partners with local wholesalers, supermarkets and farmers to make food available at a reduced cost — usually a third of retail value. Users must be registered  members in order to access services — registration paperwork is available at the CSU Members Centre.

How we collect food donations

Since the program was first introduced in 2011, the CSU has been receiving non-perishable food donations from the university community and their organized events. Some of these include the university’s staff appreciation summer event, the gingerbread house contest, and more. If you have non-perishable donations for the CSU Community Cupboard, please drop them off at the CSU desk in LB 195! Additionally, the CSU also provides additional funding for this program.

Thank you to the university staff for donating non-perishable items to the CSU Community Cupboard!


Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

As stated on their website, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and North Vancouver.

North Shore Neightbourhood House

As stated on their website, the North Shore Neighbourhood House acts as a venue for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society each Wednesday of the month to provide food packages to those in need. The food bank is open from 10:30am to 1:00pm and can be accessed from our ground level south entrance at 225 East 2nd Street. A nutritious bowl of hot soup is also available to visitors to the food bank site, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers.

The Harvest Project

Located at 1073 Roosevelt Crescent (near Capilano Mall),  The Harvest Project provides food as well as coaching and support programs.

Quest Food Exchange

Currently, Quest helps to provide food assistance to individuals and families in the Lower Mainland through its Not-For-Profit Grocery Market program.