While the SSMU building is closed for renovations we are not able to provide daily lunch servings.
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Update regarding the SSMU building renovations
August 17, 2018 (updated March 2019)
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The most recent construction timeline has resulted in the SSMU building being closed for the duration of the 2018-2019 school year. While we have been cooking out of a kitchen in St. Henri since March 2018 in order to continue a portion of our operations, this obviously limits our ability to do our daily servings.
Here's what we're focusing our energy on, in order to continue serving you:
While we have a kitchen, there literally isn't a building on campus we have access to which can house our 200 person line every day for lunch. This past year, we have been piloting a program to provide meals to more specific, vulnerable student populations in a way that resembles our daily servings, but serves a more manageable amount of people. We are now offering weekly meal pick-ups, consisting of two meals of soup and salad, weekly. All you have to do is sign up, and bring a container. If you could benefit from a weekly meal pick-up, shoot us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
We are continuing our bi-weekly food bank throughout the Spring and Summer months. If you are struggling and could benefit from a free food basket sign up using our online form, and stop by every other Tuesday between 5pm and 7pm! Items vary by week, but generally consist of fresh produce, dairy, frozen meals, canned items, and non-perishable snacks.
It tripled in size this past Summer, and we will be picking things up again this Spring! We welcome volunteers to help out with set-up (in May), maintenance (including watering and weeding), harvesting, and closing up (in late September). The bulk of our garden harvest is redistributed at our food bank or used in our solidarity servings. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn about urban farming, and grow with us as we do so ourselves, reach out!
Out of our kitchen in St. Henri we are still able to do our solidarity servings, aka catering events which would be made more accessible by the presence of food, which align with our political mandate, and which don't have a budget for catering. In the past we've worked with Black Students' Network of McGill, Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students' Society (SACOMSS), Rad Frosh, Project 10, and many others. We can and will continue to do so! Fill out the form to apply!
We have money set aside for folks looking to start or continue an event, project, or movement which aligns with our political mandate. Information about applying can be found here. We also have money explicitly set aside to ensure your events can be made accessible. This money is there waiting for you, if you would benefit from it, please apply..
We continue to host workshops and lectures on topics ranging from food preparation to food apartheid, and everything in between. They will always be: FREE, ACCESSIBLE, and CATERED. We're hoping to still throw some parties, too 😉 and we're always open to collabs, so keep us in mind if you're looking for logistical support in making your dream event a reality!
This was a super long post so I'm stoked you stuck with us till the end! Please share this so folks know what's up with us and don't send us questions that have been answered here already 🙃🙃🙃
We're as bummed about the closure as anyone, but the forced flexibility has kept us on our toes and will likely lead to a new, revitalized perspective once we are back. We love all of you and we promise your $3.35 will still be spent wisely, even if our presence on campus is less overt.