Food For You

This page has been created with students in mind, to provide a comprehensive list of available resources both on campus and in the Kingston community. Visit the websites listed below for additional information on where to get affordable food, student discounts, and much more!

  • Swipe it Forward Queen’s
    • Swipe It Forward Queen’s is a pilot initiative aimed at helping to address food insecurity on campus through the donation of meals from students with meal plans. The program, which runs during the academic year, is designed to provide short-term, urgent support to students in need. It is accessible by referral from program partners
  • AMS Food Bank
    • If you find that you are unable to provide healthy food for yourself and your family, there is assistance available. The Alma Mater Society (AMS) at Queen’s runs a Food Bank where non-perishable food items can be picked up FREE OF CHARGE
  • Tea Room 
      • Bring your own travel mug and save 15% on your drink purchase
      • Order your drink with plant based milks and save 15% on your drink purchase
    • Student discount on different drink specials everyday
        • Mocha Monday
        • Tea Tuesday
        • Warm and Cozy Wednesday
        • Try a Chai Thursday
      • Fog Friday
  • Cogro/The Brew
  • Queen’s Community Cupboard
    • The Community Cupboard is for Queen’s University students and Kingston community members to either pick up non-perishable food items when needed, or make a donation
    • This cupboard is a non-judgemental space; individuals are encouraged to take what they need, when they need it.
    • It is located in Duncan McArthur Hall
      • 511 Union St West
  • ECO Beverage Card
    • Bring a reusable mug to any of the participating locations and get your coffee or tea for the price of a small
    • After purchasing 7 coffee or teas with a reusable mug and receiving 7 stamps on your ECO beverage Card, you will get the 8th cup of coffee or tea for free
    • The participating locations are:
      • The Lazy Scholar
      • Location 21
      • Gord’s Fresh Cafe
      • Goodes Cafe
      • Market Street
      • Recharge
      • Student Street Express
      • West Campus Dining Hall
      • MC2 Mac Corry
      • The Library Café
  • Queen’s Healthy Cooking Team

      • This event is held throughout the academic year on Queen’s campus and is led by the Peer Health Educators
      • Participants help prepare and eat the meal. Any leftovers can be brought home.
      • Registration is required and it costs $8
  • Cooking with Grandmas
    • This event is held once a month through the academic year on Queen’s campus where Grandmothers from the Queen’s Women’s association teach students how to cook
    • The Grandmothers provide the space, bring ingredients and recipes and students help prepare and eat the three course meal. Students can take home any leftovers
    • Registration is required and it costs $5 (subsidies available)
    • To learn more about the program or to participate in Cooking With Grandmas, email the Faith and Spiritual Life (chaplain@queensu.ca) or call 613-533-2186
    • You can also visit Queen’s University Faith and Spiritual Life on Facebook to find out when the next event is
  • Cooking with Kingstonians
    • This event is held once a month through the academic year, all Queen’s students are welcome
    • Kingston community members teach students how to cook plant-based meals. They plan the menu, bring the ingredients and facilitate the evening and the students help prepare and eat the three course, plant-based meal, clean up and take home any leftovers
    • Registration is required in advanced and it costs $5 at the door (subsidies available)
    • To learn more about the program or to participate in the event, email the Faith and Spiritual Life (chaplain@queensu.ca) or call 613-533-2186
    • You can also visit Queen’s University Faith and Spiritual Life on Facebook to find out when the next event is

Student discounts are available with presentation of a valid Queen’s University student card at the following grocery stores:

  • Metro
    • 310 Barrie St.
    • 10% discounts on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Loblaws
    • 1100 Princess St.
    • 1048 Midland Ave.
    • 10% discount on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Food Basics
    • 33 Barrack St.
    • 1300 Bath Rd.
    • 1225 Princess St.
    • 10% discount on Tuesdays
  • Bulk Barn
    • 1201 Division St.
    • 830 Norwest Rd.
    • 10% discount on Wednesdays
  • Shopping on a budget
    • Tips from Dietitians of Canada

Student discounts are available with presentation of a valid Queen’s University student card every day at the following locations:

Swipe It Forward Queen’s

  • If you currently have a meal plan with Queen’s University, you have the option of donating one meal per day, up to five per semester, from the current weeks 19 meals.
  • The meals must be from the current weeks allotment. Past unused, or future weeks meals cannot be donated.
  • Just let the cashier at the dining hall or retail outlet know that you want to “swipe it forward”.

AMS Food Bank

  • The AMS Food Bank operates mainly on donations. If you are interested in donating, please visit the website for more information.

Queen’s Community Cupboard

  • Queen’s Community Cupboard is a space which accepts non-perishable food items and new school supplies daily
  • If you would like to donate, please visit the website for more information and a list of most needed items!

Creation of the Food For You webpage was organized by Sarah Gelmych and Courtney Gallant as part of their NURS 405 Practicum in Community Health Promotion placement with the Swipe It Forward Queen’s program. Many thanks!