December 12, 2017
It takes a special kind of student to turn a tough situation into an opportunity to do good. That’s exactly what a small group of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness students did when they learned they’d have some extra time outside the classroom this semester. This group of students, from both the Nutrition Management and Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Promotion programs, took it upon themselves to get together and donate their clothing, food, expertise and time to homeless shelters across the city.
Over the past couple months, a group of students, on behalf of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP), have been getting together to pack and deliver lunches to homeless shelters across the city. They also organized a Winter Clothing Drive to collect warm clothing for those in need. The fact that they organized this outside of the classroom makes it even more genuine and heartwarming.
On Friday, December 8th, the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness pitched in to make it easier for these students to do good. Rather than packing lunches in their own homes using their own groceries, the students were stationed in Humber’s culinary labs to prepare another round of lunches to donate. In addition to packing more lunches to deliver to shelters around the city, this group of students collected all of their final Winter Clothing Drive donations.
Overall, these students managed to deliver 80 meals to various shelters around the city, including shelters at Sherbourne and Dundas, Queen and Sherbourne as well as Good Shepherd. The clothing drive was also hugely successful, with students collecting over 400 pieces of clothing and pairs of shoes.
“The demand for clothing was so high that many individuals came up to us asking if we had specific items they needed, so most of the clothing was actually given out right on the street directly to people in need”, said Humber nutrition student Jessika Jaime. “Before we even arrived at the shelters we gave out at least ten jackets, over 100 pairs of socks and a bunch of hats, scarves and mitts to individuals living without housing. Whatever was left over was donated to Covenant House.”
Thank you so much to our students, faculty and staff who helped make this happen. What a wonderful way to give back to the community this holiday season – Humber is proud!