Figuring out how to pay for everything can be particularly stressful for students at the best of times, and COVID-19 has created lots of new challenges. Perhaps your job has disappeared or maybe your plans for work this summer have changed.
For students who already faced challenges accessing good food, COVID-19 may have made things worse. Others may suddenly be facing these challenges for the first time.
If you are facing these challenges, we want you to know that you are not alone. U of G is here to help.
We’re working to help our students have access to financial and food security resources so they can focus on other priorities like their studies, research and connecting with their loved ones.
If you need financial assistance, start by contacting U of G’s Student Financial Services department. They can help you with options like:
- Understanding the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit and Employment Insurance
- Resources for international students
How to get started
Canadian students: email firstname.lastname@example.org
International students: email email@example.com
Check for new jobs on Experience Guelph
Employers contact U of G’s Experiential Learning and Career Development team on a regular basis to post jobs that they are trying to fill. Check the Experience Guelph jobs board for the latest postings.
Many of us are feeling financial strain as a result of COVID-19. The resources below provide some options if you’re having trouble accessing the food you need.
Where to find food support
U of G students in Guelph can use any of the following resources to access food.
Grocery store gift cards
The Guelph Student Food Bank provides graduate and undergraduate University of Guelph students access to emergency food, anti-poverty resources, and referrals to other food security, anti-poverty and financial assistance groups.
The Guelph Food Bank provides hampers of food to those in the Guelph community. Clients have the choice between a regular, vegetarian, diabetic or gluten-free hamper. We suggest calling the Guelph Food Bank ahead of time to understand their process and requirements.
HOPE House’s Food Market operates on an appointment-based system. Prior to your food market appointment, you will be contacted by HOPE House to take your grocery order. The order will then be packed and delivered to your home the day and time of your scheduled food market appointment.
Register at https://lakesidehopehouse.ca/covid-19/
Emergency food home deliveries
The SEED is partnering with U of G to provide emergency food home deliveries to those in the Guelph community, including U of G students. Food delivered includes prepared meals, fresh foods and nutritious non-refrigerated food.
The Guelph Student Food Bank also offers emergency food home deliveries for U of G students.
Make more with what you have
Learning how to avoid food waste can help you stretch your resources further. Check out the resources below for advice on getting more out of what you have.
- Rock What You’ve Got – Recipes for Preventing Food Waste – Free to download from the Guelph Family Health Study
- Student Wellness Instagram – Recipes for meals and snacks that use non-perishable ingredients or ones that have a long shelf-life
- Guelph Student Food Bank Resources – Check out their Eating on a Budget guide and Guelph Student Cookbook for quick, tasty and affordable recipes that use many items readily available at local food banks.
Reach out to others
If you are feeling stress from your financial or food situation, reach out to Student Health Services at 519-824-4120 Ext. 53244 to talk to a counsellor.