Hunger On Campus

The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students

October 2016




Food and Fund Raising


News and Media

Hungry, Homeless and in College New York Times Op-Ed – December 4, 2015
By Sara Goldrick-Rab and Katharine M. Broton

Navigating College for Homeless and Low Income Students: A Resource Guide.  Money Geek
By Sara Goldrick-Rab and Cyekeia Lee


Examples of Commonly Used Forms from the MSU Student Food Bank  – Downloadable (pdfs):

Interview Form

Dist Quantities Chart Example

New Client Welcome Handout

Food Bank Newsletter 2014

MSU Student Food Bank New Client Form

Food Recovery Network:

The Food Recover Network unites students on college campuses to fight waste and feed people by donating the surplus unsold food from their colleges and donating it to hungry Americans. Founded in 2011, FRN has grown to include chapters at 46 colleges and universities in 21 states that have recovered over 235,000 pounds of food.
Each chapter works with on-campus dining halls and other, off-campus eateries to divert food from the landfill to community members in need, while also raising awareness on issues of food waste and hunger in America.
By 2018, Food Recovery Network aims to be on 1,000 campuses and to have donated 10 million pounds of food.
You can find more information at their website:

Campus Kitchens Project:

The Campus Kitchens Project is a national non-profit that empowers student leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger. 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 to food insecure residents in their communities. Since 2001, 36 Campus Kitchens across the country have recovered over 3,000,000 pounds of food and served over 2,000,000 meals. Campus Kitchens not only serve meals, but also assess the specific need in the community and develop programs to address the underlying root causes of food insecurity. Students involved in Campus Kitchens learn to see wasted resources as a sustainable solution to community issues and gain valuable service learning and leadership experiences, which build upon and enhance their work in the classroom. If you are interested in learning more about The Campus Kitchens Project or would like to learn how to start one at your school, visit


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