With tuition and text books already high-priced, university can be extremely expensive.
Add in the high cost of living in Vancouver, and UBC students have it tough.
UBC Food Bank Coordinator Jay Singh says it makes sense that they’ve seen food bank usage triple since November 2014.
“Just because it is a really nice university doesn’t mean really wealthy people are coming here. It just means very academically inclined students are coming to this university, and a lot of them don’t have the funds to be able to pay their way through school.”
However, donors have been able to keep up with that demand.
“It’s really nice for me to see that, especially as a student at UBC too, how everybody is pooling in together to help a cause. We’ve been really grateful for all the support we are getting for the food bank.”
Singh says they will be building hampers for food bank users as the holiday season approaches, and is asking for donations.