As University students gear up to head back to school, so are on-campus food banks.
Co-ordinator of the UBC food bank, Jay Singh, says demand is increasing, and they’ve already been forced to turn some people away.
“This year I honestly don’t know what it will be simply because it has increased so much, it’s increased more than double every single month compared to last year during this time, and that is something that has been a concern for all of us this year is that the demand has been increase, but the supply hasn’t been.”
He says 680 students used the food bank last year, and he says the people who use the on campus student-run food bank may not be who you expect–They are mostly graduate students, with families.
“People who are studying for their MBA programs, their PhD programs, getting their Masters or whatever it may be, those are actually the people who use the service more often than under graduate students. The demographic of these students, they are adults, most of them have families, most of them have kids, a lot of immigrants as well.”
Critics blame the rising cost of living and higher tuition fees- but the Ministry of Advanced Education says tuition increases are capped at 2% a year.