Inside Higher Ed article, “Battling Student Hunger”, discusses the campus pantry movement and national level policy efforts around food insecurity

Read this very well written and research backed article here:

 https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/22/colleges-open-food-banks-battle-student-hunger

 

Update Your Membership Status!

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New Research on Student Food Insecurity Trends in Community Colleges

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

California State University System Initiates Addressing Food Insecurity On All 23 Campuses!

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/

Campus Kitchens Startup Grant Opportunities!

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 mschnarr@campuskitchens.orgPlease 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!

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2015!

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This week is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW), an annually recognized week during which members of communities across the nation join together as advocates participating in a social movement to resolve the root causes of homelessness and hunger.

A  number of  American higher education institutions recognize NHHAW through implementing high impact events on campus in an effort to bring awareness to the challenges that, not only do our neighbors in the community face, but also the same challenges that our very own students face, as a result of homelessness, hunger, and/or food insecurity.

As a proud, active food bank/pantry on your campus that is focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty, it is strongly suggested to support the national social activism movement that NHHAW represents through hosting intentional activities throughout this week, annually, in the following recommended ways:

- Serve as a host for Oxfam America Hunger Banquet to interactively bring the campus community’s attention to how, by luck of the draw, some individuals are born into prosperity and others into poverty. Resources and tool kit to host the event provided by Oxfam America: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/take-action/events/hunger-banquet/

- Plan and execute a panelist event for audience members to understand the challenges associated with individuals facing chronic hunger or food insecurity or those who transitioned out of the cycle of poverty.

- Wide spread, large scale campus community donation initiative in which the pantry/bank requests specific items in need to stock the facility and intensively markets where donation boxes will be place throughout campus for the entire week.

The fight against hunger needs to be ongoing, no doubt; however, intentionally participating in NHHAW educates the masses to join our social movement to alleviate hunger and food insecurity!