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Vol 39  No 3
Sept. 21, 2006


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Food for thought

by Jeff Green

Food Bank volunteers Pradeep Bobby, left, and Noel Veitch. (Photo by Chris Hammond)

With fall semester underway, shelves at the university’s food bank are getting bare once again. But volunteers with the facility are optimistic more students, faculty and staff will pitch in to ensure clients can take home healthy items.

“The food bank rarely operates in a state of plenty,” says Pradeep Bobby, president of the food bank’s board of directors and an engineer with C-CORE. “As of right now, we do not have much food on the shelves. But, we expect that to improve as the semester progresses.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Campus Food Bank, which is located in the basement of the Corte Real Building adjacent to the Burton’s Pond Apartments. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are welcome at the food bank. Clients need to provide their MCP and student number to receive a hamper.

Earlier this year, several departments and units collected thousands of items during a university food drive. Mr. Bobby said he’s grateful of that support but added that supplies have dramatically reduced in recent weeks.

The Food Bank is open Monday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., and Sunday from 4-5 p.m. For more information, e-mail foodbank@mun.ca or call 737-3467.

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