Why Join CUFBA?
CUFBA was started to support both existing and emerging campus food banks, so please join up and take advantage of being able to connect with the other member institutions. Ask questions, make contacts, and spend some time in our “resources” tab. Take what you need, and leave what you know. We are a new organization, and we are growing every day. As you connect with other schools, please use your collections to share your successes, best practices, and programmatic innovations. As we begin to expand our outreach and educational programming, keep your eyes peeled for webinars, drive-ins, and other educational opportunities we are hoping to offer. All we ask is that as you become able to teach and to share, that you do so.
How Do I Join CUFBA?
Click on the “join” tab on our home page to fill out a membership form. You will be contacted by us with further information, and will be given a “collection” of your own. As for requirements, we are looking to include schools that have existing food bank programs (of any kind), and schools who are developing them.
History and Background of CUFBA
The College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA), co-founded by the Michigan State Student Food Bank and the Oregon State University Food Pantry, is a professional organization consisting of campus-based programs focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among college and university students in the United States. Food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses (Hughes et. al., 2011), and can pose a significant barrier to student success (Johnson, 2011). Understanding that education is the key to getting out of poverty (Beegle, 2003) and/or improving students’ prospects after graduation (US Dept. of Education, 2009), CUFPA seeks to provide support, training, and resources for campus food banks/pantries that primarily serve students.
To alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger so that college and university students can remain in school, and ultimately, earn their degrees.
The College and University Food Bank Alliance is dedicated to providing support, training and resources to campus-based food banks/pantries that primarily serve students.
We believe that access to adequate and nutritious food is a basic human right, and that attendance of a college or university does not mean that this right is forfeited. Thusly, the College and University Food Bank Alliance is founded on the following values:
- We believe that all human beings should be treated with respect and dignity
- We value the wise and efficient use of resources, be they food, money, human energy, or others
- We believe in the importance of outreach and education, not only to those we serve, but to our greater community
- We believe that strength comes in numbers, and that united we are stronger than if we remained separate
- We value the autonomy and uniqueness of each of our members, understanding that those within a community will understand what it needs better than those outside of it
- We value the contributions of each member institution, as well as those of the staff, volunteers, and students that support and utilize them
- We believe in the continued improvement of our work, be that through the creation of best practices, trainings, conferences, research, or other initiatives we have yet to think of
- We value leadership opportunities for students
- Finally, we value education, and believe it is key to directly and indirectly alleviating poverty within our communities, the United States, and globally
The College and University Food Bank Alliance is created with the following goals:
- To develop a communications network of college and university food banks/pantries that primarily serve students
- To provide a forum for existing banks/pantries to share experiences, as well as seek support through the sharing of resources
- To create a clearinghouse of resources for colleges and universities looking to start food banks/pantries
- To develop and maintain best practices for college and university food banks/pantries
- To develop trainings, leadership institutes, and conferences focused on the development and improvement of campus food banks/pantries
- To support research focused on student food insecurity, hunger, campus food banks/pantries, or other related topics
- To create a nonprofit organization that can serve as fiscal sponsor to members for the purposes of food purchase and tax identification