Interesting Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Inside Higher Ed reports that the NSSE found most students are worried about their finances and the cost of attendance.  This was especially true for minority students.  These results highlight the importance of the services that CUFBA members provide.  Relieving financial stress is a key to student success!

Read more about the NSSE results at Inside Higher Ed.

The CUFBA team sends our warmest Thanksgiving greetings to everyone – have a great turkey-day!

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2015!


This week is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW), an annually recognized week during which members of communities across the nation join together as advocates participating in a social movement to resolve the root causes of homelessness and hunger.

A  number of  American higher education institutions recognize NHHAW through implementing high impact events on campus in an effort to bring awareness to the challenges that, not only do our neighbors in the community face, but also the same challenges that our very own students face, as a result of homelessness, hunger, and/or food insecurity.

As a proud, active food bank/pantry on your campus that is focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty, it is strongly suggested to support the national social activism movement that NHHAW represents through hosting intentional activities throughout this week, annually, in the following recommended ways:

- Serve as a host for Oxfam America Hunger Banquet to interactively bring the campus community’s attention to how, by luck of the draw, some individuals are born into prosperity and others into poverty. Resources and tool kit to host the event provided by Oxfam America:

- Plan and execute a panelist event for audience members to understand the challenges associated with individuals facing chronic hunger or food insecurity or those who transitioned out of the cycle of poverty.

- Wide spread, large scale campus community donation initiative in which the pantry/bank requests specific items in need to stock the facility and intensively markets where donation boxes will be place throughout campus for the entire week.

The fight against hunger needs to be ongoing, no doubt; however, intentionally participating in NHHAW educates the masses to join our social movement to alleviate hunger and food insecurity!

Feature on College Hunger, Nassau Community College, CUFBA

Check out this feature done on college students and food insecurity that highlights our amazing colleagues at Nassau Community College.

Sacramento Bee: Food Pantries for Hungry Students Spread at California Colleges

Check out this article from the Sacramento Bee that discusses the growth in student food insecurity and a new pantry at Sacremento State.   CUFBA Co-Director Nate Smith-Tyge discusses student hunger and the growth of our organization:


See an article on this issue or something related to campus-based food pantries? Send it our way!

Kids Count Radio Show on Student Hunger

Check out this radio show in which Co-Director Clare Cady discusses student hunger:


CONGRATULATIONS Nassau Community College

We are so excited for our colleagues at Nassau Community College, who have, after two years of pushing and planning, opened their “The Nest” food pantry! Congratulations to you all for your hard work, and thank you for your commitment to your students!



Talking to the Press

Microphones At Press Conference




The issue of food insecurity among college students gets a great deal of media attention. Here at CUFBA we get inquiries weekly for print, radio, and TV (not as much TV, but we have gotten some of those). Here are some tips for you as you negotiate press coverage:

- Your school likely has a press policy. You should know it. Meet the folks who manage press on your campus and find out what they expect of you. 

- Check backgrounds. Not all media is created equal, and there are press folks out there who do not believe we should be doing what we are doing. When someone contacts you, google them before you respond. Make sure it is a publication or media outlet that you want to be in. This can be hard if they get you on the phone. Here’s what you can say: “thank you for being in touch. It is the press policy at [school name] that we need to check in before we give quotes. Can I call you back?”

- Have stock photos available to share. Make sure the people who are in them have signed a release that you can give them out.

- We do not recommend allowing the press to come to your distributions. It can create an uncomfortable environment for the students you serve. If you do choose to do this please be sure that every student knows they have the right to refuse to be a part of the coverage, or that they can be a part but anonymous.

- When you do get press coverage CELEBRATE. Share it widely, and send it to us. We will post it on the CUFBA website. It’s great that you get recognized for what you do. Email us at


Capital News Service Story on Rise of Campus Food Pantries

The Capital News Service, a student staffed wire service based at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, published this interesting article that features CUFBA members Michigan State University and Western Michigan University.  Here’s the link from the Gladwin Record and Clarion:


See an article on this issue? Send it our way!

Michigan Public Radio Feature on Campus-Based Food Pantries in Michigan

Check out this article from Michigan Public Radio on the growth of campus-based food pantries in Michigan.  CUFBA Co-Founder/Director Nate Smith-Tyge discusses the role of the Michigan State University Student Food Bank and CUFBA in the burgeoning campus food security movement in the Great Lakes State.

Have you our your pantry been featured in the news? Send us the link and we will post it on the page.

Campus Food Pantry Toolkit Is Here!

Dear members,

The wait is finally over! We are proud to announce the launch of our campus food pantry toolkit, covering topics such as fundraising, marketing, operations and more. You can find it on the “Getting Started?” tab or follow the link below.

CUFBA Toolkit