The Food Collective Centre Space aims to empower and support MSU Food Collective Centre partners and community members by providing autonomy and choice. Through self-service, partners have the opportunity to choose the non-perishable food and hygiene products that they need. Everything in the space comes at no costs, and can be accessed by anyone. We hope this space will help alleviate the stigma surrounding food banks and encourage not just students, but the community to learn, experience, and empower one another.
Location & Hours
Our food bank and pantry is located in the basement of Bridges Café in the Refectory Building and is open Monday through Friday, from 10:30am-2:30pm. The pantry is typically closed during scheduled breaks in McMaster’s academic calendar, such as Reading Weeks, Winter Break, as well as in the Spring and Summer months. If you require emergency food support at a time we are closed, please contact us.
Note: In light of campus closure amidst COVID-19, we are using Lockers of Love as our primary food support system.
Donations of any non-perishable goods or hygiene products will be accepted by volunteers during operating hours, or they can be left at any time in the donation baskets in front of the FCC space. The following list reflects items that are needed to ensure the best possible experience for Food Collective Centre partners:
- canned fruits and vegetables
- soups and stews
- canned chicken and tuna
- peanut butter
In alignment with the Government of Ontario’s emergency stay-at-home order, the Lockers of Love program will not be operating in-person until the order is lifted. Instead, we are offering digital grocery store gift cards. Following your order form submission, you will receive an email within two business days containing a President’s Choice (PC) gift card. President’s Choice branded gift cards can only be redeemed at participating Loblaws, Loblaws City Market, Fortinos, Maxi, Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods, No Frills, Provigo, Zehrs, Your Independent Grocer, Wholesale Club, Atlantic Superstore, and Valu-Mart locations. For detailed instructions on how to use the digital gift card, refer to the email you receive from President’s Choice. If you are having difficulty redeeming your gift card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lockers of Love is an initiative that gives students and community members a confidential method of assistance in relieving food insecurity. Food Collective Centre partners can order non-perishable food items online with a unique ID code and pick them up from a locker on campus within 2 days. If you have any issues with the form or have not received an email from us please contact us at email@example.com.
Due to the high number of orders and our limited number of lockers available in circulation, we ask that individuals pick up their order within 7 days. After this point, we will have to remove the order and ask that individuals re-submit their orders when they are available to pick them up.
Please complete the Welcome Form located at the top of the page to generate your Unique ID code. After you have your Unique ID code, please follow the Lockers of Love Order Form link below to start customizing your order.
Why do you need a unique ID code?
A unique ID code protects your identity as we do not require a McMaster-affiliated email address, full name, or student number. The Unique ID code also ensures that the MSU Food Collective Centre stays true to it’s Fair Variety Commitment where we ensure fair variety for all our Food Collective Centre partners. More information about our Fair Variety Commitment can be found below.
The Good Food Box is a non-profit project run by the MSU Food Collective Centre in partnership with Grace Lutheran Church to provide affordable, fresh produce to the McMaster community. We offer monthly boxes (February, March, September-December) available for order and pick up right on campus. Good Food Box orders close on the 25th of the current month, and you shall receive your order on the first Tuesday of the following month.
To place a Good Food box order, please follow the link below:
Note: If there are no items available to purchase through the link, the Good Food Box is currently unavailable.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Food Collective Centre hosts monthly cooking workshops. These are free to attend for students, faculty, and other members of the Hamilton community, and take place on campus. All ingredients are provided. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshops have been held in a virtual format. Information regarding upcoming workshops can be found on the Food Collective Centre’s social media platforms.
To view recipes from past Community Kitchen workshops and other service initiatives, check out the Virtual FCC Cookbook.
For more information, please contact: email@example.com.
The Food Collective Centre understands that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent changes to income, employment, and social services have had a large impact on levels of food insecurity in the McMaster community and beyond. Our services continue to respond to the needs on campus and within the McMaster population through scheduled visits to the FCC space and our Lockers of Love program. However, in response to increased need and pressing nature of food insecurity support, the FCC has compiled further community resources throughout Hamilton that offer food aid services and information on food insecurity.
Hamilton Food Share
A primary resource in the Hamilton Emergency Food Network, Hamilton Food Share offers resources both for individuals seeking support and those seeking to help with food aid services. The main purpose of Hamilton Food Share is to provide knowledge and resources to organizations delivering emergency food aid. Hamilton Food Share can direct you to the services you require and offer information on the Hamilton food network.
A resource produced by the Hamilton Family Health Team. The guide includes a complete list of places in the City of Hamilton where you can get food either for free or for a low cost. The listings include non-profit and community-based food assistance providers. It is updated on a yearly basis.
Hungry for Knowledge? Here are even more educational resources about food (in)security:
Produced by Meal Exchange Canada, the Campus Food Report Card measures the success of university campuses in “providing locally-grown, sustainable, healthy, and accessible food – as rated by students, campuses themselves, as well as the physical food environment” (Maynard & Abraham, 2018). An in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of university campus food systems as they relate to issues of food (in)security.
A yearly report looking at the statistics of hunger data in Hamilton, Ontario. The report looks at family food banks access data, food bank user demographics, and the intersectional issues with food insecurity such as income and housing crises facing Hamilton. Updated versions can be located on the Hamilton Food Share website.
The primary role of MSU Food Collective Centre Volunteers will be to provide customer service to patrons in the MSU Food Collective Centre. They will work under the direction of the Assistant Director and/or Good Food Coordinator during regular shifts to provide access to the MSU Food Collective Centre Space (our on-campus food bank). Volunteers will be scheduled based on their own availability, but are expected to attend their scheduled shifts. Volunteers will attend 1-2, one-hour shifts per week. Duties may include answering questions, providing information on additional MSU Food Collective Centre services, and restocking shelves with new inventory. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to provide support during various programming run by the FCC throughout the year (e.g. Good Food Box packings, Ladles of Love, etc.), as well as to help the executive team plan and execute educational campaigns and service events.
NOTE: Volunteer duties within the Food Collective Centre Space are subject to change based on campus closures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.