Memorial University Campus Food Bank President Punit Choubey spoke with CBC News regarding the number of students they are currently serving. See the transcript below:
Punit Choubey: I would say the rising cost of living and the rental crisis because most international students come here and they’re finding it hard to afford their meals, and suddenly lots of food banks are in high need because of the economy, and certainly, things will improve in the future. Before COVID, it was around 200 students per month, but right now, we’re having like 400 students for three weeks, so even like for a month, it would be 400 plus, so indeed, it has been very busy. We weren’t expecting that, compared to last season, we thought that things would improve, but certainly it’s not, so probably we are better prepared than last year.