Feeding students and their families during the holiday season

Published on July 04, 2024

“Your generosity to the NAIT community underscores a shared commitment to addressing this pressing issue.”

For many students, the holiday season in December can be a difficult time. Money is often stretched thin towards the end of the semester. Making the decision between paying bills and buying groceries can be an all-too-common scenario.  

According to a national student food survey, more than 56% of post-secondary students faced challenges with food in fall 2021. That trend has been reflected in the surging demand at the NAIT Students' Association Emergency Food Centre. Since 2020, the number of hampers going out to students from the on-campus facility has increased nearly 300%. 

To help, donors stepped in to raise support for the centre in December 2023. The results were astounding. 

The Walker Wood Foundation generously matched all donations received by more than 80 donors, raising $18,177.54 for emergency food hampers. Each food hamper provided 6-days’ worth of food to NAIT students and their families. Thanks to these donations, 519 individual students were able to access support through the food centre. 

“This result represents a significant step in our shared mission to address the challenges faced by NAIT students dealing with limited or uncertain access to sufficient food,” says Jenna Luczak, president and acting vice-president external, NAITSA. “Donor’s generosity to the NAIT community underscores a shared commitment to addressing a pressing issue.”  

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