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February 16, 2024 1:56 PM

CSI initiatives make healthy food accessible to Conestoga students

Access to nutritious food including affordable produce and emergency funding is available to Conestoga students thanks to Conestoga Students Inc.’s Student Nutrition Access Program (SNAP).

Free snacks are available at CSI service areas on Conestoga campuses.

CSI - the official student association which operates as a non-profit organization independent of the college - offers several programs through SNAP to ensure students are able to get enough healthy food to eat.

Students in need of a quick pick-me-up can grab free fruit and snacks at the CSI service area on their campus through the Nourish & Go Program.

On-campus markets are also held regularly through the year where students can shop from an assortment of fresh, discounted produce available to buy. Another option for fresh fruits and veggies is the Affordable Produce Program.

Discounted produce is available for both on campus and weekly online purchase with the option of delivery to select campuses. Students get a $5 discount, subsidized by CSI, on orders of $10 or more.

The Student Nutritional Access Program (SNAP) is an emergency food fund available to current Conestoga students in urgent need of food assistance. It aims to provide access to nutritious food and meals for those experiencing or at risk of food insecurity.

This more flexible support replaces the student food bank. By shifting to a gift card-based emergency food fund, students can pick food from grocery items that better suit their individual dietary wants and needs.

Supporting students’ health and wellbeing is a key priority for CSI. The association knows that with access to healthy and nutritious food, students are better able to focus on their studies and excel in their journey at Conestoga.