To show support for Fanshawe students who may be in need, we are asking our Fanshawe colleagues to support our on-campus food bank, The Sharing Shop.
The President’s Breakfast is an annual event that gives staff an opportunity to connect with colleagues, hear exciting updates from President Peter Devlin and prepare to kick off a new academic year. The Fanshawe community has continually demonstrated tremendous generosity and spirit in answering a call to support the Sharing Shop – Fanshawe’s on-campus food bank – through donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and money as part of the breakfast festivities.
During last year’s virtual event, more than $2,600 was raised through this platform. We are hoping for an equally tremendous response this year as many of our students continue experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds raised through this campaign will ensure The Sharing Shop can stock nutritious food for students who are in need. Plus, the Fanshawe College Alumni Association will match all donations up to $3,000. That means for every $1 you donate to this campaign, $2 goes directly to help students in need.
Each year, approximately 10 per cent of Fanshawe’s student population accesses The Sharing Shop when in need of grocery items, toiletries or cleaning supplies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sharing Shop pivoted to a virtual service to continue supporting students in need. During the 2020/21 academic year, The Sharing Shop assisted over 150 students, each of whom received a $25 President’s Choice gift card in lieu of accessing the physical space on campus.
Additionally, The Sharing Shop shares recipes to their website that students can follow to create nutritious and enjoyable meals with the items they receive.
We know that students sometimes face financial difficulty during their time at Fanshawe and know that the COVID-19 pandemic may have added to that stress as students may not have been able to work during the summer as anticipated to allow them to save money. Fanshawe students who are most in need will directly benefit from this campaign by having access to food and other necessities and by knowing that the Fanshawe community cares about them.
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Thank you Fanshawe for all that you do to help all students
Jackie Westelaken Westelaken
This donation is in memory of Professor Kay Wigle, advocate for students and many vulnerable people in the community.