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The growing trend of student food insecurity across our nation’s community colleges and how it effects our students ability to persist in higher education is discussed in this new research by Dr. Maya Maroto: http://forestoftheraineducation.weebly.com/uploads/3/5/8/2/3582998/dr._maya_maroto.pdf
We are working to adjust our offerings to include information about capacity-building, sustainability, and growth for our members who are already in operation. We know that while starting a campus pantry is hard, it is even harder to set that pantry up for ongoing success. Our goal is to put out new toolkits each month with best practices, ideas from members, and game plans for successful operations.
These will be included in the CUFBA newsletter, as well as posted on the Resources page. Here is a sample of what we are working on: the Food and Fund Raising Toolkit.
Yes, we know that’s technically a mis-spelling, but come on, we are trying to be fun and catchy
Check out the Resources Tab for a link to a resource guide for homeless and low income students from the website Money Geek. There are some great tools and links in the guide that might be of use to your students. The resource guide is authored by Sara Goldrick-Rab (Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Founding Director at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab) and Cyekeia Lee (Director of Higher Education Initiatives with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)) and is full of helpful info – so please check it out!
Here’s the link (also available on the Resources Tab): Navigating College: The Resource Guide for Homeless and Low Income Students
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: