Lunik is a student run, student operated co-operative café that provides alternative food options, such as vegan and gluten free meals and snacks and pay what you can fair trade tea and coffee, on York University’s Glendon campus. It is also a safe space for students to come and study or to meet up with friends.
In 2008, a group of students envisioned an alternative space for students at Glendon College. They started Lunik to provide sustainably-sourced food at affordable prices, a study space, a club meetings space, and a venue for events.
Lunik operates on a volunteer and honour system. All students who use the space are encouraged to clean up after themselves, and are trusted to use the payment box that is left in the space or to mark what they owe in the IOU book until they are able to pay. There are also seven students who hold co-ordinator positions, and are tasked with making decisions about the operation of the co-operative based on the input of the community.
Lunik offers pay what you can fruits and veggies from Fresh City Farms and tries to source its food offerings as locally as possible. We also have a community garden that students are welcome to help with, and twice a year we have a potluck style dinner and contribute what we have harvested!
As a non for profit organisation, we exist to serve the student population and offer food options that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, as well as serving as an evening event space for clubs and meeting place during the day. Lunik is a place where you can get your work done or relax and recharge. There is always someone around to chat with or to lend a helping hand. We have created a sense of community and a safe space on a campus where there is a definite lack of student space.