Food Accessibility

Access to food is a human right, not a class privilege.

The Food Centre is a service that offers free access to food for all UTM students. Students who choose to become members of the Food Centre can access free non-perishable food without limits. Non-perishable food include cans of fruits and meat, rice, pasta, etc. We also provide perishable food once a month based on a shopping list system. This service now offers toys, clothes, home necessities and toiletries.

This is a place where any student can access food at any time. We run on the principles of food as a human right and food democracy. Students using this service are active equals. This service is controlled and governed by the people who use it. Keep in mind that this service is funded by a student levy that every student contributes to. All students who are struggling financially are entitled to this service.

The Food Centre is located in room 2102 at the Davis Building. Members can use this service by either dropping in the Centre. We also provide accommodation for those who wish to order food online, but there are some pros and cons to this. All students will be required to fill out a registration form to become members. Registration takes less than 5 minutes and does not require any financial checks, and personal information is optional. The Food Centre also provides a number of confidential services. Please click on “confidentiality” to learn more.

Still not sure if this service is for you? Many students feel that they are not “poor enough” to be using this service.  This is due to the social misrepresentation of food insecurity and poverty. The following questions are there to help YOU determine for yourself whether or not you wish to become a member. These questions are only there to help you decide for yourself, we do not require an answer to these questions and these questions are not exhaustive.

  • Do you feel that you cannot afford to eat healthy?
  • Do you feel that you have to compromise on the quality and/or quantity of food you eat because of economic insecurity?
  • Are you experiencing any economic insecurity? Are you having difficulty making ends meet?
  • Do you feel pressured to compromise spendings on other necessary things such as textbook purchases in order to afford food?