Thanks to generous donations from the campus and greater community, the Grenfell Campus Foodbank will be fully stocked and welcoming to students throughout the winter semester.
The foodbank is completely dependent on the donations. Before the holiday season, a goal of $3,000 in donations was set. When it became apparent that there was an appetite to give, that target was moved to an ambitious $5,000. The final tally came in at just over $6,300!
Contributions were made by campus employees, community members, businesses, unions and local organizations.
"University can be a stressful experience, and we're delighted that we're able to help students concentrate on their studies, rather than worrying if about what they are going to have for dinner," said Jana Walsh, foodbank coo-ordinator. "These financial contributions make a real difference to the students' wellbeing and I know firsthand how appreciative they are."
Although the pandemic forced classes to move online for the start of the semester, 300 students were living on campus and many more living in the community. The food bank has remained open throughout the pandemic and has provided supplies to students, many of which were international and have been unable to return to their home countries for the last two years.
Donations are still being accepted and can be made by contacting Ms. Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: The Memorial University Pensioners' Association continue to be supportive of the campus food bank having donated $567.00 collected from local members and $1,000 from the overarching association, for a total of $1,567.00- just this year! Representing MUNPA were Lois Bateman and Mary Sparkes who made the donation to Jana Walsh.