WSJ: Colleges Launch Food Pantries to Help Low-Income Students

Check out this amazing article about UC campuses serving food insecure students – our own Nate Smith-Tyge is quoted.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/colleges-launch-food-pantries-to-help-low-income-students-1428408001

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PittServes to Open Doors to Serve Students

Awesome job Pitt! A great example too of campus-community collaboration. http://www.pittnews.com/news/article_df7c36d4-cd21-11e4-b008-272cae848607.html

 

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SACSA Conference Collaboration

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Anyone interested in collaboration on a conference proposal??? Connect with Jillian!

For more info on SACSA go here http://www.sacsa.org/

 

Did you present at a conference on your pantry, on student food insecurity? Are you willing to share your resources with us? We’d love to be able to post them on our site. Please email them to cufbanational@gmail.com

CUFBA at NASPA

Hey all,

Clare here – thought I would share with you some of my thoughts from my time at the NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans. I had the amazing privilege to rep Oregon State, CUFBA, and the Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education KC in a number of ways. There were over 7,800 people at the conference, and a good number of CUFBA schools. It was fun to connect, teach, learn, and dream about ways to support students.

The most impactful experience to me and to what CUFBA is and means was the pre-conference workshop I was able to run with colleague Sara Goldrick-Rab from the University of Wisconsin. We had 25 participants, and a few of them were folks we’ve had the privilege of working with through CUFBA. Our conversations ranged from the reason financial aid is no longer supporting students and families, to how we create programs to support homeless students, to the nuts and bolts of creating a campus pantry program. All of the conversations were trained on answering shared question: how do we support students experiencing economic crisis, poverty, and other socioeconomic challenges in their persistence toward a degree.

A couple of things came up for me while I was in the NASPA space that I thought I would share:

1) I have been thinking a lot about #CUFBACreates and IT IS TIME. Who wants to work with me in developing open-source digital tools that support campuses in starting pantries?

2) Pantries are just the start. We need to think about what is next after we get them going. Yes, this is a lot to ask in many cases. That said, we need to work to shape the campus environments where our students study. We need to think about their access to other services and resources. We need to consider policies that alleviate rather than create barriers for students. I am a West Wing nerd, and I will end this point with the Jed Bartlet quote, “what’s next?”

3) We have SO MANY ALLIES. VP’s, Presidents, Human Services Agencies, Nonprofits, Staff, Faculty, Students…I met people from all of these categories and more who were excited about what we are doing, and want to get involved. Let’s harness this energy and move forward together.

I should share with you all that I am about to make a significant transition from Oregon State to work at Single Stop USA to work with their National College Programs. I am hoping to carve out some more time in the future for CUFBA endeavors, and I am hoping we can loop in some more members with our leadership. Please let me know if you have interest in being involved. If you are wondering what “involvement” may look like, I will be posting something about that soon.

All the best,

Clare

Forum is UP!!!

Hey all -

We heard from many of you that you would like a space to connect, converse, share, and support. We are working on doing that in a number of ways, and one of those is our new Forum here on the website. It’s easy to register, and we hope that everyone does! Pose questions, share resources, and discuss pertinent topics in our work.

Let us know if you run into any snags or issues. We will work to iron them out.

Nate and Clare

Virginia Tech Food Pantry Feeds Students In Need

Way to go VT!

http://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/virginia-tech-food-pantry-feeds-students-in-need/article_989d4af0-3051-58ea-9303-94951ca7186a.html

 

 

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#CUFBACreates

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A pic of our web page to go on the web page…how meta of us

We get asked for all kinds of information: budgets, startup plans, contracts, check lists, MOUs, newsletters, event ideas…the list goes on and on and on. We love to be able to provide you with the ongoing 1:1 care that we could back when we started up, but our growth has been amazing and Nate and I just don’t have the time for everyone anymore. It’s a great problem to have in some ways – we will reach the 200 mark in campuses that have joined CUFBA this year!

So our new goal is this: get information, curate it, organize it, and share. Share broadly. Share widely. Share freely.

We will be starting to increase the items on the site that you can download and use as you serve students. What would be really helpful to us is to know what we should start with. Perhaps there are folks out there who want to know more about managing their storage so that items don’t expire. Perhaps it would be helpful for us to share budget templates, or sample MOUs with nonprofits, or intake paperwork. Our goal is to make that more easily available so that campuses can come to the site to get what they need, and if they have more challenging questions they can bring them to the group or the leadership. Sound good?

We need two things from you all:

1) Requests for where we should start. What do you want???

2) If you have items you think other campuses would like to use, please provide them for us to share.

We will be posting collections and tools by category, and once we know what would be best to start, we will work on that. If you have requests, or you want to give us items to share please email cufbanational@gmail.com

VCU Rampantry Recognized by their President

Check out this blog post from Virginia Commonwealth University’s President Michael Rao, who writes about the Ram Pantry!

http://blog.president.vcu.edu/2015/02/20/rampantry-students-working-to-make-a-difference-for-their-peers/

 

Is your the work you are doing at your campus pantry in the news? Send us a link and we will share!

Food Bank Newsletter Inspiration

Some of the CUFBA schools write newsletters that come out each month, or quarter, or semester. Newsletters are a great way to:

  • Share information about your work such as clients served, food distributed, volunteer hours, donations received, or other metrics.
  • Recognize your staff and/or volunteers.
  • Provide lists of food items or other supplies you need.
  • Offer other resources (beyond your services) to clients or community members.
  • Communicate updates such as changes in location, procedure, eligibility requirements, etc.
  • List distribution times and/or locations.
  • Help people learn how they can volunteer or donate.
  • Whatever else you can dream up.

Here is a great example of a pantry newsletter from Michigan State University.

Food Bank Newsletter 2014

 

Job Opportunity: Single Stop USA

If you have been working with a campus-based food pantry and are looking to continue serving low-income students please check out this job posting at Single Stop USA.

Single Stop believes that finding things such as low-cost healthcare, nutrition assistance, and financial aid should be as straightforward as purchasing an item from your favorite online store. Inspired by the convenience of consumer-facing programs like Amazon.com and Yelp, Single Stop is building a platform that is projected to reach millions of households. This tool will take Single Stop’s proven service model to its most ambitious scale.

Of the 12 million students enrolled in community college, half drop out. Many do so because of financial barriers. Completing school is not merely an educational achievement, but leads to better jobs and a more secure financial future. The unemployment rate for those with an associate’s degree is just over 4%. Early reports show that Single Stop can increase retention by double digits, helping families, increasing the skilled labor force, and growing the national economy.

http://www.singlestopusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Product-Developer.pdf

For more information go to www.singlestopusa.org