COVID-19 Food Security Social Distancing Support Program

Summer 2021

Intention: The intention of this program is to reduce financial barriers for UVic students with disabilities due to COVID-19 pandemic-related social distancing and/or self- quarantine precautions to do with food security and access to food.

Eligibility: This program is only applicable to members of the SSD. This includes students at UVic who:
a) self-identify as having one or more disabilities, and
b) who are members in good standing of either the UVSS or the GSS. It does not include associate members of the SSD.

*SSD Council Members are eligible for this program, with preference given to non- Council Members. The program is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis until budgeted funds are exhausted.

Scope: The scope of this program is to provide a delivery of the Fernwood NRG Good Food
Box once every two weeks to students living in the Greater Victoria area. Students can select
either the Fruit Box or the Medium Box. For students outside of the Greater Victoria area, or for
those with a disability or food restriction that makes the Good Food Box inaccessible, there are
two options.
    Option one: the Grocery Reimbursement Program allows for the purchase of groceries including perishable and nonperishable food items for a maximum of $100 CAD. Students with a dependent child under the age of 19 may access a maximum of $200 CAD through this program. Any currency conversion required will be calculated using
Bank of Canada rates on the date of receipt issue.
    Option two: $200 donation is made to the Red Cedar Cafe on behalf of a student who can then access and use the services of Red Cedar Cafe at no cost to them. Red Cedar Cafe allows students to receive up to 7 prepared meals per week via pickup or delivery within the Greater Victoria Area.

Limitations for the Grocery Reimbursement Program: The following guidelines are included to clarify the definition of each eligible category for reimbursement; they are not exclusive:
1. Perishable Food Items
Examples: Fruits, vegetables, dairy, dairy alternatives, frozen meals, frozen fruits and vegetables, meat and meat-alternatives, eggs.
2. Nonperishable Food Items
Examples: Pasta, canned foods, dried foods, granola bars, rice, grains, prepared meals, multivitamins and supplements intended to support immune health, meal-replacements.


Process: Once registered for the program, students will either pick-up the Good Food Box from the Fernwood Community Centre on the delivery days, or if unable to pick-up their order for reasons related to their disability, will be paired with a volunteer driver. Students not receiving the Good Food Box will follow the procedure for filling UVSS Cheque Requisition Forms as outlined in the letter in the Support Package, or as provided by the SSD
Office Coordinator.

Students will submit the Cheque Requisition Form along with the original itemized receipt for their grocery purchase for up to $100 from the Grocery Reimbursement Program.

Students with a dependent child under 19 years are eligible for $200 instead of $100. Students wishing to access the Red Cedar Cafe pre-prepared meal option please contact the SSD Office Coordinator at

If students don’t have a credit card or are unable to provide the up-front cash to pay for the grocery bill before being reimbursed, the SSD Office Coordinator will purchase the groceries according to direction from the student and partner with a community volunteer to deliver the grocery order.

Timeline: Students participating in the Grocery Reimbursement Program instead of receiving the Good Food Box must submit their itemized receipt and fill out UVSS Cheque Requisition form and submit to SSD Staff by July 16th 2021.

Registration: Students who are currently registered via previous Programming Google Forms will remain registered for the Summer 2021 Semester. Vacancies in the program slots will be communicated over social media and registration for those spots will be by contacting the SSD Office Coordinator at

Accountability: The SSD Treasurer in collaboration with the SSD Coordinators will keep track of the student participation in the program for administration and accounting purposes and to prevent misuse.

Registration for Summer 2021 Food Delivery Program is closed. We will be taking registrants for the Fall 2021 semester in mid-late August, 2021.