Queen's University

Students provide exam relief with good deeds and snacks


A new service will allow students to grab quick, nutritious snacks or meals during the busy exam period.

“Project Chickpea is about students helping students during this high-stress time of year,” says Vaughn DiMarco, Sci’11, the founder of the initiative. “Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the many mental health and wellness resources available at Queen’s and in the community.”

Project Chickpea aims to raise $5,000 for the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Peer Support Centre, a student-run counselling service, through the sale of meal and snack bundles. They will be on sale Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 at the Queen’s Centre and Monday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 14 in the atrium of the Integrated Learning Centre (Beamish-Munro Hall). The suggested donation is between $2 and $4.

Volunteers with the group carried out good deeds around campus last week. They gave out coffee, cupcakes, fruits and vegetables to cheer up students and raise awareness of the organization’s activities. Project Chickpea conducted its Week of Good Deeds with the support of several local businesses including MolaMola, Tara Foods, Tommy’s Diner and Downtown Kingston Toastmasters.

Project Chickpea recently placed in the top five of the Awesome Kingston contest. Follow Project Chickpea on Twitter or Facebook for updates of the group’s activities.

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