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Hot Lunch

During the school year, the OCAD Student Union cooks and serves a weekly vegan and mostly gluten-free meal on campus. Hot Lunch is a casual place to say hi to your fellow students over a delicious and healthy meal. If you’d like to volunteer with Hot Lunch, we are always looking for an extra pair of hands. If you would like to learn more about cooking healthy, cheap and easy-to-prepare meals, this is a great way to learn.
Students are asked to bring a donations (suggested minimum of $3 for students and $5 for faculty and staff) or a non-perishable food item, both of which will be used to help stock the Student Pantry, which is a food bank like service for your peers who are really in need of food. So by coming to Hot Lunch, you feed yourself and help to feed an OCAD peer in need!

Hot Lunch happens every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30pm in the Lambert Lounge (room 187) of 100 McCaul St. For those who like to help with cooking or setting up, come to room 187 any time after 10am.

Email us, and follow us on Facebook to get involved!
Hot Lunch Facebook Group

The Student Pantry

Operating since 2005, the Student Pantry exists to support students who are in need of assistance by offering supplemental food to help minimize grocery budgets. We envision a campus where no student needs to choose between buying food or school supplies! Students are able to come and help themselves to 3 – 5 items per visit. We try, at all times, to have stocked instant-meals, hygiene products, baby food, and grocery items available.

The food bank runs on a no assessment basis and there is no shame in accessing it. We hope that students will be able to utilize this opportunity in times of need during their study period here at OCADU. We would also like to inform that this is not just free food; this is a service for those really in need of food (please respect this policy for your fellow students). When you find yourself deciding on whether to spend money on materials rather than food, please don’t hesitate and come visit The Student Pantry.

Located in the Student Union Office at 230 Richmond Street, 6th floor.

Available between 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

For any other questions please email us at or give our office a call: 416.977.6000 x 241


Weekly Good Food Box Program

Good Food Boxes are volunteer packed with fresh, high-quality vegetables and fruits. With the box menu changing weekly, each Good Food Box presents a convenient and affordable way to eat good healthy food.

Good Food Boxes:

  • Feature seasonal Ontario-grown products whenever possible, supporting local farmers and saving fuel. Each week’s box comes with recipes and news in the Good Food Newsletter.
  • Include international favourites like bananas, mangoes, okra and more!
  • Are more affordable than retail stores because of FoodShare’s bulk buying capacity.

 How Good Food Boxes work:

  • Place your orders by 12 pm each Wednesday to receive a box the following week. Hours of ordering below.
  • Deliveries are made on Thursdays between 11 am and 3 pm. Pick up is available that day from 3 pm until 5 pm.
  • Come to Hot Lunch to pickup your box and start cooking!

 Sample Box Contents

LARGE Good Food Box Contents

6 Corn*
1 Bunch Carrots*
4 lbs. Potatoes*
1Bag Bartlett Pears* 1 Bag Apples*
1 Cantaloupe
1 Pint Mushrooms*
1 lb. Plum Tomatoes* 1 English Cucumber* 2 lbs. Onion*
1 Bunch Broccoli*
1 Romaine Lettuce* 1 Bunch Bananas

LARGE Organic Box Contents

6 Corn*
1 Bunch Kale*
1 Bunch Leek*
1 Spring Mix*
3 Hot House Tomatoes 1 Sugar Melon*
3 lbs. Apples*
5 Peaches
2 1⁄2 lbs. White Potatoes*


2 Corn*
1 Bag Broccoli*
4 Bananas
1 Bag Celery*
1 Bag Spring Mix
4 Peaches*
1 Red Onion*
4 Potatoes*
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes 1 Bag Carrots*

1 Pint Mushrooms* 1⁄2 Cantaloupe

4 Oranges

SMALL Good Food Box Contents

4 Corn*
1 Bunch Carrots*
1⁄2 Basket Peaches*
1⁄2 Basket Tomatoes* 1 English Cucumber* 2 lbs. Onion*
1 Bunch Broccoli*
1 Romaine Lettuce* 1 Bunch Bananas

SMALL Organic Box Contents

4 Corn*
1 Bunch Kale*
1 Bunch Leek*
1 Spring Mix*
2 Hot House Tomatoes 1 Sugar Melon*
1 1⁄2 lbs. Apples*
3 Peaches

FRUIT Box Contents

1 Bag Apples*
1 Bunch Banana 1 Bag Pears*
1 Cantaloupe
1 Basket Peaches*


Small Good Food Box $13 – a fresh box full of vegetables and fruit.

Large Good Food Box – $18 – a big box of goodness.

Wellness Box – $13 – portioned fresh vegetables and fruit, some already cut-up and ready to enjoy.

Small Organic Box – $24 – a fresh box full of organic vegetables and fruit.

Large Organic Box – $34 – a big box of organic goodness.

Fruit Box – $13 – just fresh fruit, bursting with flavour.

Hours of Ordering

All orders are to be made with cash in person at the Student Union Office at 620, 230 Richmond Street West.

Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Wednesdays 9:30 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The deliveries will be available for pick up the following Thursday between 11 am and 3 pm at Hot Lunch. Due to fresh state of the produce, we ask that you guarantee your pick up the day of delivery.


Safer Sex Supplies
We offer safer sex supplies in our office, available free of charge during office hours. Just like the Student Pantry, access to these supplies are on a no-assessment basis. Please drop by and help yourself. The Health and Wellness Centre also stocks these supplies.