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Holiday Hamper Program

Holiday Hamper Program

In 2014, the GSS began the Holiday Hamper program enabling low-income graduate student families to have a happy and stress free holiday season with the support of generous sponsors from SFU’s community.

In light of COVID-19, we will not be able to provide physical Holiday Hampers for pick up for the 2020-2021 academic  year. Instead, we will provide families with an assortment of gift cards and a SPUD box full of groceries and household products.

Fill out the form today

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

Applicant Information

This program is eligible to individuals who satisfy all of the following requirements:
– Are currently registered in an SFU graduate program;
– Live with at least one dependent child (under 19 years of age); and,
– Have been assessed to receive bursary funding by SFU Financial Aid and Awards for the current term.

Successful applicants will be matched with generous groups and individuals who will provide a monetary donation to the GSS. 100% of the donations will be used to purchase an assortment of gift cards and a SPUD box full of grocery items and household products that will be sent to families in December.

If you satisfy the requirements of this program and would like to register to receive a hamper, please fill out the form

Please note that there is a limited number of sponsors and not all applicants will receive a holiday hamper; the number of hampers is dependent upon how many sponsors register.

Sponsor Information

We ask that sponsors provide a monetary donation (via an Electronic Funds Transfer, Cash, or Cheque) to the GSS, which will be used to purchase:
– Gift cards, valuing $25-$50, for each family member; and
– Household and grocery items ($100-$200 total).
***100% of the donations made to the GSS will be used for the Holiday Hamper Program. However, sponsors may raise additional funds to be donated to the GSS Emergency Grocery Program.

Sponsors are responsible for ensuring that the GSS receives the monetary donation by December 4, 2020. If an Electronic Funds Transfer cannot be made, please email to arrange for a cash or cheque payment.

Sponsors will receive a description of their family’s composition, which will give sponsors an idea of how much they should donate for their family’s hamper.

Sponsors may request a certain family composition or demographic; however, the primary objective is to match as many families with donors as possible so not all requests can be honoured. To protect the anonymity of families, requests for families from specific departments or faculties will not be honoured

Fill out the form to start the Sponsorship Registration process.

October 16 2020: Sponsor & Family Registration Opens
November 6, 2020: Graduate Family Application Deadline
November 13th, 2020: Sponsor Registration Closes
Late November – Mid December: Gift cards and SPUD boxes will be be purchased and sent to graduate student families.

Exceptions to these deadline may be possible. If you are a sponsor, please email Stephanie Yu at

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Stephanie Yu at