Food Access: TRU Food Security Initiative
Thompson Rivers University campuses are on the traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwepemcúl’ecw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc. The region TRU serves also extends into the territories of the St’át’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Nuxalk, Tŝilhqot’in, Dakelh, and Syilx peoples.
Mission statementIn partnership with cross-campus and community stakeholders, our mission is to help cultivate student food security at TRU through inclusive, equitable, and sustainable outreach and programming.
We aim to offer a research-based, anti-colonial, anti-oppressive and institutional approach to food security on-campus.
Immediate initiative goals
What is food security?
Let’s talk about food security . . .
Food security is defined by the United Nations as: “a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”
(Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations [FOA] et al., 2021, p.190)
Essential facts about food security
On-campus food support
The following list of on-campus resources provides assistance with one or more of the following: food access, food literacy, mental health and crisis support.
Student Case Managers
- Student Case Managers can help students navigate struggles with food access and connect students to available on campus and community supports.
- If you require assistance with food access, please book an appointment with a Student Case Manager emailing email@example.com or calling 250-828-5023 (Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m).
- Brought to you by TRU’s Education and Skills Training (ESTR) program, ESTR’s Market is an on-campus social enterprise that offers everyone on campus affordable and healthy meals, snacks and sweets.
- For the most affordable meal options on campus, ESTR’s Market is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fall and winter semesters on the second floor of Old Main in room 2425.
- You can find more information on their website or by following them on Instagram.
- keep.meSAFE is a real-time and appointment-based confidential 24/7 counselling service. Download the My SSP app to chat with a counsellor directly or call 1-844-451-9700.
Soup Circle at Cplul'kw'ten (The Gathering Place)
- Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Cplul'kw'ten (The Gathering Place) welcomes ALL students to join their weekly soup circle to enjoy a bowl of soup and connect with their team.
- Cplul'kw'ten is located at House 5 on Sk'lep Trail.
TRU Counselling Services
- The TRU counselling office provides brief, individual counselling that is focused on finding solutions and taking action steps. They can help with stress, anxiety, depression, grief and other personal issues in a safe, respectful and affirming atmosphere.
- To schedule a counselling appointment, students can drop-in to the Student Services reception between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday in Old Main 1631, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-828-5023.
TRU Emergency Funding
- Emergency funding is available year-round to eligible currently enrolled students experiencing a financial hardship.
- Specifically, emergency funding is only for students who encounter an unforeseen financial crisis resulting in a verifiable need that will have a material impact on their ability to successfully complete their semester.
- Please visit TRU’s emergency funding page for details and how to apply.
TRU Emergency Grocery Cards
- This program is administered through the Faculty of Student Development and is available to on-campus students. Eligibility is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Please email email@example.com for details and to book an appointment.
TRU Wellness Centre
- The TRU Wellness Centre is a safe space located at OM 1479, that offers free cups of tea, peer mentoring and information and referral to campus and community resources. The TRU Wellness Centre website also offers nutrition information.
TRUSU Emergency Food Security Program
- This program supports eligible students who are experiencing food insecurity and are in crisis by providing grocery store gift cards.
TRUSU Monthly Chef’s Packages
- TRUSU provides monthly Chef’s Packages for students. Further information about Chef’s Packages is available on the TRUSU website.
- Upcoming chef’s packages: February 2023 and March 2023.
All inquiries regarding the TRU Food Security Initiative can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond within 24 to 48 hours.
Meet our team
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(Kamloops Food Bank, 2022)