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.

Please note that it may take up to one week 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. 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.

February 2021 update on grocery stores: We have suspended the Walmart cards due to multiple issues with redeeming them. But as always President’s Choice cards are still being issued. They can be redeemed at all participating Loblaw banner stores across Canada including Real Canadian Superstores and Greystone. You can use this to locate nearby stores with Loblaw banner on them: https://www.giftofchoice.ca/en/find/.

Regulations applied to applications
  1. The maximum limit (3 for Master’s and 6 for Ph.D.) is applied to all applicants.
  2. A semesterly limit is applied: students cannot apply twice in a semester.
  3. The cards received during Summer 2020 (May 1- Aug 31) do not count towards the above limit.
  4. Each eligible application will be approved of one grocery card only.

You can complete the application by filling out this online application form.

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.