Food Security

SFU’s Office of Community Engagement has been working with Burnaby organizations and community members to create programs to address food insecurity at SFU because food is pivotal to building culture, good health, and a sense of belonging. 

We believe strongly in the power of partnership – this work continues, thanks to The United Way of Greater Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, The Burnaby Primary Care Network, Food MeshFood Banks CanadaLotus Light Charity Society VancouverEmbark SustainabilitySFU Ancillary Services and Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS),

Interested in partnering on food security? Please contact Tara Flynn,

Our programs

SFU Food Pantry

The SFU Food Pantry launched as a pilot project in February 2022 to support SFU’s food insecure student population. We are working hard with several SFU offices to explore how to expand and sustain this program.


SFU Community Free Fridge

A safe, low-barrier and nonjudgmental way for people at SFU to access food. Find us on the bottom floor of the Maggie Benston Center. 

More info →

News & stories

  • November 09, 2022

    November 09, 2022

    It’s back-to-school season, and for many, that means a whirlwind of challenges such as homework, exams, and juggling extracurriculars. Food insecurity should not be one of them. 24% of our new registrants in the past year were post-secondary students, and we expect this number to grow in the upcoming months.

  • February 07, 2022

    February 07, 2022

    Community fridge now located in Maggie Benson Centre, the fridge is accessible to all. In the spirit of mutual aid, SFSS partnered with various community groups to address student food insecurity.

  • February 03, 2022

    February 03, 2022

    As SFU’s community fridge addresses one of food injustice’s most urgent symptoms – hunger – it also provides the extra benefit of preventing food waste.

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Growing demand for food banks

OCE Food Security program

Watch Co-op student Cierra Johal, past Project Assistant for the OCE Food Security program, discuss her involvement in the SFU Free Fridge. Thanks to Embark Sustainability for the interview and video.

Contact us

Interested in partnering on food security?

Please contact Tara Flynn,

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