Photo provided by UBCO's Ice Cream Club
Photo provided by UBCO's Ice Cream Club

For many students, the first week of classes of a new semester can be stressful or overwhelming. Luckily, during the first full week of classes for the 2019 Winter Session, the UBCO Ice Cream Club hosted a FREE Ice Cream Week to help students with the transition.

Each day, UBCO students were seen eagerly waiting in long lines to get their free cones featuring 11 popular flavours such as mint chip and cotton candy. In one week alone, the UBCO Ice Cream Club handed out a whopping 3,000 free cones.

Photo provided by UBCO's Ice Cream Club
Photo provided by UBCO's Ice Cream Club

Despite the massive amounts of ice cream distributed, the UBCO Ice Cream Club’s purpose goes far beyond the free ice cream. The club was founded with a mandate to brighten student life and strengthen comradery on campus.

They are also tackling food security for students by providing free ice cream to those who may not be able to afford indulgences on top of their basic necessities.

Jesse Lafontaine - Club Founder & President
Jesse Lafontaine - Club Founder & President

This year, they are offering a five-dollar premium membership that provides students with line skipping privileges, waffle cone upgrades and 10% off at Parlour Ice Cream. The founder and president of the club, Jesse Lafontaine, said that they have received an amazing response to their new premium memberships and have ordered lots of waffle cones for future events.

The club started in 2017 and has seen major growth since the start up. Last year, the UBCO Ice Cream Club handed out 10,000 cones to the UBCO Community and this year they aim to exceed those numbers. Updates on when cones will be handed out can be found on the UBCO Ice Cream Club Instagram or Facebook page.