Some Conestoga College students face hunger because of the increased prices of food items in Waterloo Region. Many students go hungry to class because they cannot afford to buy needed food items. Students now subscribe to eating only food they can afford, not necessarily the most healthy choices.
Christine Balogun, an international student at Conestoga College laments about how tough it has become to access affordable food.
“I used $25 to buy a few items of food that I could have used to buy double of the items before now,” she said.
Food is an essential part of life. Students need to eat well for proper growth and development.
“As it is now, I eat whatever food that comes my way, I cannot eat what I desire because of the increase in the prices of food items,” said Balogun.
Some international students have also had a challenge finding supporting jobs because of the winter weather.
Alfred May, an international student at the University of Waterloo studying Agricultural science, has found new ways of making food available to him despite the price increase.
“Based on my knowledge, I sensed that there could be an increase in the prices of food items. So, I have ventured into gardening. Presently, I have some crops growing in my (indoor) garden.”
Not all international students can have a garden. Alfred was just fortunate to because he is currently studying agricultural science.
“I don’t have a garden; it is not even in my plan but I know this season will soon be over,” said Balogun.
The increase in the price of food items is becoming unbearable for some international students.
“Many of us are living from hand to mouth now, no jobs to support ourselves. You can Imagine I bought one pack of sliced bread for $5; it’s too outrageous,” said Balogun.
Many international students studying in Canada accept the challenges for an opportunity to attain their dreams.
“I can feel the pains of other international students, but despite that, I am grateful to be in Canada studying. I am fulfilling my dreams,” May said.