Taste of Home Food Drive for UBCO Students

Taste of Home Food Drive for UBCO Students

Did you know that nearly 43% of post-secondary students in Canada are food insecure? Added to that, many students who live on campus are far from home and do not have access to the groceries they need to prepare a meal that reminds them of home.

The Student Union and UBC Okanagan Library are collaborating on a food drive to help stock the shelves of The Pantry student food bank with items that better suit our diverse campus community. Taste of Home Food Drive encourages UBCO staff, faculty, and students to donate unique and nutritious items to ensure that students in need have more than just Mr. Noodles to choose from.

Help give UBCO Students a Taste of Home. Donations will be collected on the main floor of the UBC Okanagan Library from November 15 to December 15.  


Some suggested items:

  • Rice
  • Couscous
  • Quinoa
  • Millet
  • Dried Lentils
  • Dried Black beans
  • Dried Kidney beans
  • Dried Chick peas
  • Poi
  • Noodles
  • Miso paste
  • Tofu
  • Flat bread
  • Roti
  • Mango
  • Plantains
  • Beetroot
  • Corn
  • Baby corn
  • Bok choy
  • Snow peas
  • Dates
  • Almonds
  • Kimchi
  • Taro
  • Cassava/Manioc
  • Cassava leaves
Spices and Sauces:

  • Seasoning Pre-Mix Packs
    Some examples: Tikka, Biryani, Korma, Haleem
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Nutmeg
  • Chili Powder
  • Coriander
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Garlic


*when possible, items should be obtained in small portions, or can be repackaged in smaller portions to accommodate student use.

Can’t bring items but still want to help?

Monetary donations for the Pantry are accepted at GreenText bookstore in UNC 103.

Other ways you can contribute:

UBC Meal Share Program


Support for UBCO Students through Global Engagement Office

If you find yourself making the tough choice between paying bills and buying groceries, you may be experiencing food insecurity. It’s okay to ask for help, and it is important that you know you are not alone. Food security is a crucial component to student wellbeing. Support is available from your UBC community. If you would benefit from food security support, please access any of GEO´s Food Community Program initiatives:

Located at UNC 227A, GEO´s Food Community welcomes international students to pick up/serve themselves nutritious and non-perishable food items.

President’s Choice Gift Cards are available upon request. To request a gift card, complete a confidential form.


Learn more 

Food Security is a major public health issue. Learn what UBC is doing to address food insecurity.

Food Security Initiative

Physical Food Hub