Pilot Projects

These projects have been piloted in partnership with a variety of campus and community stakeholders to test and evaluate ideas to address student food insecurity and mobilize campuses towards creating sustainable solutions for a food secure future.

This committee, which emerged from one of the Student Food Security Social Innovation Labs, aims to create shared food spaces on campus through Indigenous food sovereignty. Through events held by this committee, students have had the opportunity to learn from elders, share traditional foods and build relationships and connections to the land, through food.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty Committee & Awareness-Raising Events, Lakehead University

This student and faculty-led committee solidified during one of the Student Food Security Social Innovation Lab workshops in Thunder Bay. The committee aims to create shared food spaces on campus by raising awareness of the importance of Indigenous food sovereignty and reconciliation through food. Through a series of events held by this committee, Lakehead students and staff have had the opportunity to learn from elders, share traditional foods and build relationships and connections to the land through food.

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Skip the Meal Prep program, Neill-Wycik Co-operative in Toronto

In collaboration with Neill-Wycik Housing Co-operative and Food and Wellness Community Assistants, a ‘Skip the Meal Prep’ subsidized meal program was piloted in April 2019. Student volunteers prepared a healthy, vegan meal and served it to students living in the Co-op residence for an affordable price.

Grocery Bus Service, Lakehead University

In partnership with the Thunder Bay Food Strategy and the Lakehead University Students’ Union, the grocery bus pilot provided a free bus service to grocery stores for Lakehead University students, addressing  lack of transportation as a barrier to food security.

 
 
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Good Food Market, Ryerson University

Leveraging the infrastructure of FoodShare’s Good Food Market program, we partnered with Ryerson Students for Food Security, the Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson, the Centre for Studies in Food Security, and the Racialized Students Collective to sell healthy, affordable produce on campus in March and April 2019.

Student Food Insecurity Awareness Campaign, Ryerson University

Led by campus student groups including the Good Food Centre, CESAR and the Racialised Students’ collective, and supported by community partners in Toronto, students launched a student food insecurity social media awareness campaign, to advocate and build momentum for student food security at Ryerson.


We gratefully acknowledge our partners and supporters in the Students Feeding Change project:

Supporters:

  • Feed Opportunitiy: The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation

Partners:

  • Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson (CESAR)

  • The Ryerson Students Union Good Food Centre

  • The Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University

  • The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy

  • Ryerson Students for Food Security

  • The Racialized Students Collective at Ryerson University

  • Lakehead University Students Union

  • Ryerson University Students Union

  • Lakehead University Indigenous Food Sovereignty Committee

  • Lakehead University Food Security Committee

  • Westfort Business Association, Thunder Bay

  • Neill Wycik Housing Cooperative, Toronto

  • The Guelph Lab and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University of Guelph