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.

Community Cupboard

If you’re in need of free food, you can find it at the North Vancouver campus. Head over to the CSU Library Lounge (Library 195) and keep an eye out for the green cupboard labeled Community Cupboard. Feel free to take what you need.

Additionally, if you require further assistance, the Community Cupboard program offers grocery store gift cards. You can apply for this service using the form at the bottom of this page.

Emergency Bursary Fund 

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 university’s financial aid and awards office. When students are approved for 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 

Quest Food Exchange partners with local wholesalers, supermarkets and farmers to make food available at a reduced cost — usually a third of the retail value. Users must be CapU students to access services. Registration paperwork is available at the member services desk at the CSU Library Lounge.

How to Donate

Since the program was first introduced in 2011, the CSU has received 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 for making a difference through your compassion and generosity! 


    Note: You must be a Capilano University student in order to be eligible.

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    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.