THE UVSS FOOD BANK & FREE STORE

Room: SUB B007
Phone: 250-472-4999
Email: foodbank@uvss.ca

Location

SUB B007

We are located in the basement of the Student Union Building (next to The Martlet) on the UVic campus. The space is accessible from the stairs and elevator.

Hours:

Weekdays,  9:30am-5:00pm

About Us

The UVSS Food Bank & Free Store is run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers and offers all UVic students access to food essentials and free household items.

With the rising costs of tuition, housing, childcare, and food, we do what we can to provide essential support to undergrad and grad students. Extra resources are available for students supporting families.

Every week, hundreds of UVic students come to the Food Bank & Free Store. To learn more about how to support our service, scroll down to the ‘Donating’ section.

Students can drop by the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store during posted drop-in hours. All services are totally confidential and all current UVic students are welcome to use this service.

Looking for other support networks in the Greater Victoria area? Check out our resource guide for other food banks, free meals, and more.

Goals & Values

The UVSS Food Bank and Free Store is a community space that supports students by supplementing basic food and other supplies, and works to eliminate the stigma surrounding accessing food banks.

Our service strives to create a safer space by acknowledging our trespassing on Lekwungen & WSANEC lands, continually learning and unlearning alongside UVSS advocacy groups, and responding to the needs of students. For more information, please read our Community Guidelines/Safer Spaces policy.

We advocate for and represent our members’ voices by providing them with services, events, and safer inclusive community spaces.

Donating

We happily accept donations, but do not have the capacity to pick up from on-campus or off-campus locations. We ask that donations be dropped off during our open hours. Please do not leave any donations in the hallway. If you would like to make alternate arrangements for your donation, get in touch via email.

Free Store donations must meet the following guidelines:
  • No furniture, or large electronics (mini fridges are OK)
  • Must be clean and in working condition
  • Must be useful to someone else!
Food Bank donations must not be expired, open, or homemade. Items that are frequently in demand include:
  • Toiletries such as toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, and dish soap
  • Condiments such as spices, peanut butter, cooking oil, etc.
  • Almond, rice, or soy milk
  • Vegetarian soups
  • Fresh foods such as milk, eggs, and bread
  • Or monetary donations!

Volunteering

Interested in volunteering? Applicants are accepted on an ongoing basis, depending on our need for volunteers. Apply with us.

Questions or Concerns

Contact our Food Bank & Free Store Officer, Alexandra, by emailing foodbank@uvss.ca or calling 250-472-4999.

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