With 24% of students in the CSU system identify as going hungry based on a recent report, more than half of the 23 campuses in the system still need sources on campus to address student food insecurity. Resources like the CalFresh enrollment program and food pantry at Chico State are highlighted as current best practices in the CSU system. Upper level administrators have convened to ensure implementation of such practices spread across the CSU system. Full article: http://theorion.com/55011/news/chico-state-takes-the-lead-in-combating-student-hunger/
Four of the eight campus food pantries in the state of Arkansas are located at system schools. This article highlights the first campus food pantry in the state, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and the most-recent addition, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Host Jenna Liut is talking about campus hunger. Although not typically associated with institutes of higher education, evidence suggests that food insecurity among US college students is rising, especially in light of increased enrollment rates and the evolving demographics among students. Just how prevalent is food insecurity on college campuses? What are some viable long and short term solutions to address this issue? Joining the show today to discuss these questions and more are three experts on the subject: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at University of Wisconsin Madison and author of the report “Hungry to Learn” which analyzed food insecurity among community college students across the country; Nate Smith-Tyge, a PhD student at Michigan State University (MSU) and longtime Director of the MSU Student Food Bank; and Triada Stampas, Vice President for Research and Public Affairs at the Food Bank for NYC.
NY Time article on Pet Food Banks:
News from the CUFBA member pantry at the University of Toledo. Congrats and continued success to the Rockets as they help fight student food insecurity on their campus.
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Check out this article on the amazing work being done by our colleagues in Arkansas!
If hunger and food waste are issues in your community and you want to make an impact on both the community need and the waste on campus, consider starting a Campus Kitchen chapter at your school. Campus Kitchen students rescue food that would have gone to waste from their on-campus dining hall cafeterias and use that food to prepare and serve balanced nutritious meals food insecure residents in their communities.
The Campus Kitchens Project is currently offering $5,000 startup grants to schools that are interested in working with older adult (50+) populations in their community. To begin the application process, visit the grants page or reach out directly to Matt Schnarr at email@example.com. Please visit the grant info page to learn more about this grant competition timeline and guidelines. Schools that qualify will then submit a short video explaining the need in their community and how a Campus Kitchen will meet that need. Selected finalists will compete in a week long voting competition, where at the end of the week, the 3 school’s videos with the highest number of votes will each receive $5,000 to plan and launch their Campus Kitchen!
An article on the issues of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity facing thousands of college students:
As we begin 2016 it is clear that we have much work to do for students. Let’s resolve to make this year the best yet for CUFBA and working to fight food insecurity on campuses across the country!