Greetings CUFBA members,
We hope that you are all well and that your quarters or semesters are going along smoothly. As spring approaches we know that things can get hectic, and are wishing you some opportunities to rest and rejuvenate as you work in service to students. Care for ourselves is what makes it possible for us to care for others.
Speaking of care, as you all know through the past 5 years CUFBA has grown immensely due to the care of our amazing leadership team, Nate, Brandon, Sonal and Clare. This year we estimate we will reach 500 member institutions, and already we are above 450. This is A LOT of care, and it is also a lot of work – work we are happy to do, and work that requires a longer-term sustainability plan.
In the 10-year plan for CUFBA we set a goal to move the organization toward sustainable independence and increased capacity. Initially we thought that creating a 501©3 nonprofit organization would be the direction we took, but it has proven challenging. Recently we have explored options for a strong partnership with another organization whose mission matches ours – and we have found such a partnership as we enter into 2017.
We are pleased to let you know that we will be combining forces with the HOPE Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. The HOPE Center will open in 2018, and is the newest project spearheaded by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple, and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. The HOPE Center will build upon the work of the HOPE Lab, engaging in translational research that evaluates and elevates practice and policy to improve college access and completion for our most vulnerable populations. CUFBA will be joining this effort in name, mission, work, and through the hiring of one of our Founding Directors, Clare Cady, who will be serving as Director of Community Engagement.
What does this mean for you, our members? As we vision into the future we are setting goals to:
Increase access to resources for colleges and universities to address student food insecurity
Develop research to better understand the impacts of campus pantries and other food insecurity interventions
Curate and share best practices in campus pantries and other food insecurity interventions, and
Develop and support spaces (regional and national) where practitioners and policy makers can convene to learn, partner, and engage in positive change
In the meantime, we at CUFBA will continue to offer our monthly newsletter and updates, connect members to one another for intra-collaboration, and continue to share best practices and resources most pertinent to our collective work. Our team will continue to be responsive to our members’ needs and look forward to growing in that capacity
In short, we are HOPE-ing to move forward with more offerings to increase the capacity of our members and elevate the conversation around student food insecurity across the national (and international) stage. Please be on the lookout for changes around our website, communications, and opportunities to volunteer. We will work to ensure you are up to date and able to benefit from what is to come.
Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We are happy to hear and to answer. You can reach Clare at email@example.com
All the best to you all in service. Remember, HOPE is a strategy.
Your CUFBA Leadership Team