Food displays and price posters lined the halls while students and teachers crowded around tables eager to purchase delicious treats during Unhealthy Food Sale on 28 March 2019. A large variety of snacks were sold, ranging from cultural foods like Filipino pies and taiyaki to baked goods. Several hot foods and drinks were also available, including instant ramen and pizza as well as bubble tea and pop.

The sale was created and organized by the Student Activity Council (SAC) and allowed the clubs at Marc Garneau to fundraise by selling different foods to the student body. The money earned by each group is added to their funds, increasing the club’s spending amount. To register, groups are expected to sign up through an email that sent out to all registered clubs prior to the sale. The spots are filled based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Clubs that participated in this Unhealthy Food Sale included the Filipino Culture Club, International Relief Club, The Reckoner, MGCI Key Club, Me to We, Orphan Sponsorship Club, MGCI Eco Team, Youth in Action for UNICEF, Black Students Union, Bridge Club, The Culinary Club, Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), Prom Committee, Special Events Committee, Social Events Committee, MGCI Relay for Life, and MGCI Says No. Group members in charge of setup were dismissed from class fifteen minutes prior to the start of lunch in order to set up their stations.

The Galleria was crowded with students buying food from different clubs. Image: Russell Ijaya

Previously, there was discussion in regards to rebranding the sale into a ‘Food Fiesta’ as done on 21 February earlier this year. The idea was to shift the focus away from the idea of the foods being purely classified as unhealthy, however, Jessica felt the new rebrand name did not fit the event well, and due to the short notice and sudden change required by all the clubs, she decided to change the event back to its original name. The idea of rebranding Unhealthy Food Sale is still a goal, but will likely happen later on in the school year.

Despite the issue with the rebranding, the third food sale day this school year  was deemed a success by teacher supervisors and students. “The sale went really well. So many students came down to check out clubs and I think the sellers stepped it up with what they offered and how they advertised it,.” said Jessica. Many of the clubs posted information about their menu prior to the date and also made announcements in the morning to raise an audience.

Evan Woo, an executive member of MGCI Relay for Life, said, “Iit was amazing how many people came down to support diverse clubs and initiatives. Our booth sold out of all our items which really took us by surprise.” The club made over sixty dollars in profits due to the popularity of their various bubble tea flavours and instant noodles sold.

Since students were familiar with how the sale was run, Jessica noticed that in addition to an increase in interest in the event overall, many people were seeking out specific foods being sold to support clubs. The growing interest in the food sale and the creativity of various clubs in the school helped raise many groups’ funds immensely, and will help diversify the range of activities offered by these clubs grow the co-curricular activities offered to students at MGCI.