Tuition, books, groceries, rent and transit – it all adds up quickly and puts a strain on a tight student budget. The George Brown Chef School and the Student Association teamed up to ensure students who need help covering food costs can access freshly made meals.
The Student Nutrition Access Program (SNAP) at St. James Campus provides meals prepared with healthy and high-quality ingredients, thanks to Chef School students who donate dishes they've made in class.
It's a win-win scenario that enhances food security for our students and reduces food waste at the Chef School.
"All food has value and let's reduce waste as much as possible," said instructor Chef Susie Reading.
"When I introduced it in my lab, there was very little convincing on my part to the students. They embraced it immediately."
At the end of a class, culinary students who want to donate what they've made package up the meals. Then those dishes are transported to the St. James Campus SNAP facility.
"What comes from the culinary school is always top-notch," said Greg Philip of the Student Association.
How to access the Student Association's Student Nutrition Access Program (SNAP)
The Student Association runs SNAP at Casa Loma, St. James and Waterfront campuses. St. James is the only campus to offer the Chef School meals.
Students can register for SNAP at the following locations:
- St. James – 200 King St. E., room 159A
- Casa Loma – E building, room E127
- Waterfront – Concouse level, room 031
Visit studentassociation.ca/ for operating hours.
To register students must bring the following:
- George Brown student ID
- Current class schedule