SOCC Starts First Food Bank
SOCC hopes to address food accessibility and build community with new services
The UVic Students’ Society’s (UVSS) Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) is hoping to increase access to food while reducing stigma through a new food bank that officially open Oct. 11.
“I think that a lot of people within the SOCC community had been having a lot of conversations around food, and a lot of them were centred around issues of accessibility and food on campus and the way we interact with different spaces,” explains SOCC member Megan Quigley, who is helping to organize the food bank.
Quigley recognizes not only the importance of food banks, but also of addressing larger issues of access to food and barriers to access that students may experience both on and off campus.
“I think one of the things that comes up a lot in SOCC is we have a lot of conversations about the barriers that racialized people face, and they are complex and layered and they do differ according to people’s experiences — but as a collective our mandate is to help challenge those barriers and challenge spaces of hegemony, especially on campus,” she says.
Quigley says food banks in general are important because access to food is a fundamental right, but adds within SOCC’s particular context “not only are there barriers as far as employment and space and economic barriers, but there are also barriers for accessing other resources and so our food bank particularly is creating a safe space for people of colour to access food, removed from any stigma.”