The Nova Scotia Community College has announced a new partnership with its food service provider to help feed students who are at a significant risk of food insecurity.
On Tuesday the school's food service provider, Chartwells presented the NSCC Foundation with a cheque for $500,000 to help students facing food challenges.
Executive Director of the NSCC Foundation Frank Lockington told NEWS 95.7 the money will be be put toward the NSCC Urgent Aid Fund and will be distributed over the course of five years.
"Some of them are faced with challenges between paying for food, heat or transportation," Lockington said. "Food is something they need every day and if we can provide that safety net for them while they are on campus for those that need it, it's one less thing they have to consider."
He expects the new partnership will help about 100 students a month.
"It's something a lot of us take for granted but for students that are facing financial challenges, if they are not eating, they are not learning," he says. "We want to make sure they are not coming to school hungry and if they are here we can help them if they need it."
Lockington says students registered in the program who are on campus will be able to access food in the cafeterias and those off campus will be given grocery store gift cards.