John Abbott’s Food Bank

Sarah Paulin
Production Manager

Nearly everyone knows about John Abbott’s sports teams, debate teams, radio station, and theater troop. However, hardly anyone talks about John Abbott’s very own financial aid system, which aims to help those CEGEP students in need.

This system helps students demonstrating financial need in such ways as loaning textbooks through assistant funds for transport and tuition, as well as providing them with food. The latter, nicknamed the JAC pantry, is an updated version of the food bank, as a way to make it more sustainable and accessible. Currently, their main goal is to inform students of its existence. The program has about seventy students registered who use it on a regular basis, not to mention those who drop in for emergencies. The needs are growing but still no one seems to be aware of the Food Bank’s existence.

So, how can YOU help? The JAC pantry is constantly looking for volunteers and donations. All students can register to help as volunteers with Tracy Burns at Student Activities, or by sending an MIO to Amy Vincent. Not to mention, volunteering at the JAC pantry can go towards obtaining the SIR certificate. It’s a win-win!

With this rise in awareness, JAC pantry coordinator Amy Vincent believes she will hit 100 students that need full time help. More and more events are in the midst of being planned to raise money and collect donations. Make sure to keep your eyes out for them next semester and think about ways you can help the John Abbott food bank!


Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 06 on November 21th, 2018