Emergency Grocery Card Program
The Emergency Grocery Card Program has been established by the GSS to provide temporary assistance to graduate students in urgent financial need. It is not meant to replace the services of SFU Financial Aid, food banks, or long-term remedies for graduate students’ financial needs.
The GSS values its non-judgmental position as the provider of this program; it is understood that graduate students’ needs for accessing this program are numerous and that the items that may be purchased with the grocery card are at the discretion of the student recipient.
Please note that it may take up to two (2) business days for a grocery card to be made available.
Please be aware that there is limited funding for this program and that the GSS may not always have grocery cards available. Additionally, once a card is issued, it must be picked up or mailed within 2 weeks. If a card is not claimed after 2 weeks, it will be returned to the general pool for disbursement. If this occurs, a student may re-apply within the same term, as needed. The GSS assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen grocery cards.
Important to note: The GSS reserves the right to reject any application that does not meet the program terms. The GSS also reserves the right to modify this program without notice. The GSS is not responsible for lost or stolen mail, EGCs will not be replaced if not received via Canada Post within the 2 week mailing period.
In keeping with the temporary emergency nature of this program, students will be eligible for a maximum of 3 cards per the length of a Master’s program, and a maximum of 6 cards per the length of a PhD program.
The GSS Emergency Grocery Card Program offers to an individual graduate student a maximum of one (1) $50 card per semester. Cards do not expire. You can complete the application in one of two ways:
- By filling out this online application form.
- By filling out the Emergency Grocery Card Application Form, and bringing the printed copy (with a copy of your confirmation of enrolment or your current class schedule) to the GSS offices (MBC 2203), Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
For further assistance, check out this comprehensive list of other local resources: Community Resources. In this document, you will find descriptions and contact info for organizations and services in MetroVancouver to help with families and children, financial need, food support, legal assistance, and more.