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Emergency Grocery Card Program

Emergency Grocery Card Program

The Emergency Grocery Card Program has been established by the GSS to provide limited assistance to graduate students in urgent financial need. It is not meant to replace the services offered by the university (including SFU’s bursary program for graduate students), 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.

UPDATE January 2023: Please note that, although we welcome and are processing new EGC applications, we have had to pause sending out cards due to circumstances beyond our control. We are working diligently with SFU to resolve this issue and will distribute all outstanding cards as soon as feasible.

Spring 2023 update: This semester, the GSS will offer two $70 electronic gift cards to qualifying graduate students as part of this program. Both gift cards will be issued at the same time.

Please note that our Emergency Grocery Cards can only be used in Canada at all Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart locations (or participating Loblaws banner stores.)

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 assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen grocery cards.

Fill out the form today

Click on the button on the right to redirect yourself to the application form.

  1. Each eligible application will be approved for one grocery card (Spring 2023 semester – two $70 cards per eligible application).
  2. Graduate students can apply once a semester for this service.
  3. Graduate students can receive a total number of grocery cards per the duration of their program: 5 for a Master’s, 7 for a Ph.D. and 2 for a Graduate Diploma program.
  4. EGC cards received during Summer 2020 (May 1- Aug 31) do not count towards the above limit.
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 Metro Vancouver to help with families and children, financial need, food support, legal assistance, and more.