As many of you are already aware, we’ve been forced to close our Food Banks on multiple occasions, originally with our Welland location in July, and most recently our Niagara-on-the-Lake location.
The reason for these closures have been due to an early infestation of pantry moths. The thing that makes pantry moths so difficult to counter is their eggs are so small they are nearly invisible, so they are undetectable to the human eye until they turn to larvae, and eventually into moths. Once they reach moth form, it is already too late, and the food is no longer suitable for consumption.
This is why we have needed to close both food banks. We collect our food from a lot of external sources, so unfortunately it’s impossible for us to track the original source of the eggs. We have hired a professional, certified exterminator to remove the infestations at both campus Food Banks.
The good news is that the Welland Campus Food Bank will re-open on Monday, September 26th. Students may begin placing Food Bank requests as of that day at ncsac.ca/foodbankrequest. The timeline for the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus food bank is currently unknown. It depends on how quickly the infestation is removed, and when the exterminator clears us for operation.
Niagara-on-the-Lake students wishing to use the Welland food bank may do so by placing a request. They will need to find their own way to the Welland campus Food Bank from Niagara-on-the-Lake. We recommend using the NOTL to Welland campus shuttle.
We understand how important and valuable this service is to students, and did not make these decisions easily. In the end, we had to do what was safe for the students of Niagara College, and the viability and future of the Food Banks themselves.
We understand that these circumstances are anything but ideal, and hope you understand. We can promise that we are working tirelessly to restore this service to its original status.
The Niagara College Student Administrative Council