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Food and hygiene hampers are currently available 24/7 at the Turnkey Desk in the Student Life Centre. If you have any questions please email us at

Strapped for cash and need some food? Don't go hungry! Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, this valuable service is confidential. The Food Support Service is a non-profit service that provides confidential assistance and food hampers to members of the UWaterloo community experiencing food insecurity. We provide support through offering food hampers and creating unique projects and events to raise awareness of hunger problems. In addition, we raise food for in-need groups in the local community.

    Where to Find Us?

    Food Hampers are currently available at the locations listed below. Please note: Hours are subject to the space's own discretion. However, SLC's Turnkey is open 24/7.

    The Food Support Service now offers pre-packaged hampers (choice of either meat, vegetarian, halal, hygiene, and menstrual hampers) which will be available at the following locations:

    • SLC Turnkey: Located in the Student Life Centre (Open 24/7)
    • DC Turnkey: Located in the Davis Centre Library (Open 8 am - 12 am)
    • WUSA Peer Support Centre: SLC 3102
    • School of Architecture: Arc 3001
    • School of Pharmacy: Lounge
    • Stratford Campus: Stairwell C Room 1804

      Custom Hampers

      Custom hampers are available here. Please allow up to 72 hours for us to process your request.

      The WUSA Food Support Service provides custom hampers to those with food allergies and/or special dietary needs. If you do not require a custom hamper, our meat, vegetarian, halal, and kosher hampers are available for pick up at any of our locations.

      Double arrow  Custom Hamper Request Form

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Q: Who is eligible?
        A: All University of Waterloo undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty who possess an active WatCard are able to access our services.

        Q: How many hampers can I pick up?
        A: Individuals may pick up a total of four food hampers plus one hygiene hamper per month.

        Q: I’ve used up all my hampers this month but am still worried about going hungry, what should I do?
        A: Please send us an email or refer to this link for a list of off-campus resources in Waterloo Region that should be able to help you out.

        Q: I’m not living in Waterloo but am still in need of support, what should I do?
        A: Send us an email and we’ll help connect you with local supports in your area.

        Q: I want to access your service but I'm not sure how, can you provide more information?
        A: For sure! You can refer to this infographic for more information on accessing our service and current usage statistics.

          Our Goals

          • To provide an accessible way for students in need to access food and hygiene products
          • To raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity issues
          • To run unique events in order to raise food for our service and local community

            Donate to Us

            Bag full of canned foodsWe have donation bins around campus if you would like to donate any unopened and unexpired non-perishable items or personal hygiene products.                

            Small donations: Small donations: Donation bins can be found in all residence buildings, DC, DP, SLC, SCH, and the IT Department.

            Large donations: Please email us at

            Cash donations:

            • Donations accepted via our WUSA Donations page. Simply change the QTY to whatever amount you would like to donate and checkout!

            • Donations accepted in person at the WUSA Main office

              Join Us

              Interested in getting involved with the the Food Support Service? Apply on Leads to join us as a general volunteer or check out one of our executive posistiions!

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                Connect with Us

                Facebook: WUSA Food Support Service

                Instagram: @WUSAfoodsupport