UFV community members open their hearts on Giving Tuesday
The UFV community responded in a huge way on Giving Tuesday, raising more than $36,000 for the UFV-Student Union Society Food Bank. On Nov 28, 2023, hundreds of non-perishable items were collected through the “Build a Hamper” project across campuses, highlighting the enormous generosity of UFV faculty and staff.
Susan Mide Kiss, UFV Vice-President, Community Engagement, says it warmed her heart seeing the response from the UFV community.
“Thank you for your support this Giving Tuesday,” Mide Kiss says. “Your generosity has demonstrated that together, we can create a brighter future for all.”
Funds raised will make a significant difference in the lives of UFV students and their families. This support strengthens the UFV-SUS Food Bank’s ability to address growing demand and provide essential supplies to assist those facing food insecurity. Since the beginning of the academic year, the food bank has seen an estimated 500 per cent increase in requests for hampers.
“Giving Tuesday was successful beyond our hopes,” says Robbyn Bennett, UFV’s Director of Counselling and Student Wellness. “I am never surprised, but always impressed, with the way the UFV community shows up for students. The funds and food donated will go along way towards nourishing our student population and support them as they pursue their studies with us. We are very grateful to every single person who contributed.”
While Giving Tuesday has passed, the food bank requires ongoing assistance. There are two ways for the UFV community to help.
Anyone can sign up for monthly donations to spread contributions throughout the year, providing a steady source of support for the food bank. Even a small, consistent donation can add up to make a significant impact over time. Visit https://connect.ufv.ca/give-to-ufv and designate the UFV-SUS Food Bank as the recipient.
You can also donate essential items such as non-perishable foods, toiletries, and hygiene products. A list of accepted items can be obtained by emailing email@example.com. Contributions directly impact the well-being of UFV students.
“Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for the incredible generosity shown by the UFV community during Giving Tuesday in support of the UFV-SUS Food Bank,” says Devon Bailey, Senior Officer of Giving with UFV’s Advancement Team. “The outpouring of kindness from each donation has touched the lives of UFV students and made a tangible impact on those facing food insecurity.
“The collective generosity has not only filled the food bank shelves but has also filled UFV students with a sense of support.”