Category: Pantries

Sacramento Bee: Food Pantries for Hungry Students Spread at California Colleges

Check out this article from the Sacramento Bee that discusses the growth in student food insecurity and a new pantry at Sacremento State.   CUFBA Co-Director Nate Smith-Tyge discusses student hunger and the growth of our organization:

 

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article41478480.html

 

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Originally published by Nate Smith-Tyge November 3, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS Nassau Community College

We are so excited for our colleagues at Nassau Community College, who have, after two years of pushing and planning, opened their “The Nest” food pantry! Congratulations to you all for your hard work, and thank you for your commitment to your students!

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/09/24/nassau-community-college-food-pantry/

 

Originally published by Clare Cady October 6, 2015

Capital News Service Story on Rise of Campus Food Pantries

The Capital News Service, a student staffed wire service based at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, published this interesting article that features CUFBA members Michigan State University and Western Michigan University.  Here’s the link from the Gladwin Record and Clarion:

 

http://www.gladwinmi.com/community/campus-food-banks-expand-to-feed-hungry-students/article_8137ba50-6121-11e5-a28b-0b1e9ad0c572.html

 

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Originally published by Nate Smith-Tyge September 22, 2015

Michigan Public Radio Feature on Campus-Based Food Pantries in Michigan

Check out this article from Michigan Public Radio on the growth of campus-based food pantries in Michigan.  CUFBA Co-Founder/Director Nate Smith-Tyge discusses the role of the Michigan State University Student Food Bank and CUFBA in the burgeoning campus food security movement in the Great Lakes State.

http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-leads-nation-fighting-hunger-campus

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Originally published by Nate Smith-Tyge September 15, 2015

Associate Director Brandon Mathews’ Work Featured

Check out this article from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that features the work of our amazing Associate Director Brandon Matthews!

 

http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/aug/30/campus-food-pantries-once-hungry-grad-s/

 

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Originally published by Clare Cady September 2, 2015

Summertime Donations

If you run year-round there are some unique opportunities that come in the summer – particularly if you are in a part of the country where winters are not a growing season. This time of year we see fresh produce more readily available, and in many of our communities we see Farmers’ Markets. Here are a few tips on getting some fresh goods to the students you serve.

 

  • Request a CSA: This stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and means that people pay farmers in advance for a food box (usually weekly) throughout the growing season that offers a variety of seasonal fruits and veggies (and sometimes meats and eggs). It is not uncommon that farmers will donate a weekly box to a local organization. While it may be too late this year (farmers often plan this in the mid to late winter) it is never too late to ask.
  • Farmers’ Markets: It is common that farmers do not want to take their produce home with them at the end of the day. Check in to see if they would be willing to give you what they don’t sell.
  • Community Gardens: People often end up with a glut of something that grows really well that year. If you have a community garden near you it may be a great idea to hang a flier there with information on how to donate.
  • Gleaning: There are a great number of gleaning programs where individuals pick fruits and veggies for local organizations. Often the deal is they get to keep half and donate the other half. Check to see if there are any of these programs in your area and ask to be on the donation list.
  • Classes: Are there courses on your campus that focus on things like organic farming, seed research, or other topics in which the class is going to grow edibles? Contact the professor. Often times what is grown is either donated or left to rot. Makes sense that it gets donated to you!

 

Originally published by Clare Cady June 15, 2015

VCU RamPantry Founder Honored

 

Virginia Commonwealth University RamPantry Founder Terrence Walker has been honored with Gov. McAuliffe’s Public Service Award for his work in creating the pantry. Walker helped develop a practical solution to support the needs of a segment of VCU’s student population.  After conducting a survey that revealed 57 percent of respondents were not sure each day where they would get their next meal, a statistic comparable to that for other U.S. colleges and universities, Mr. Walker started the “Ram Pantry.”  Mr. Walker, an administrative assistant for University Counseling Services, worked with others to secure space, tools and equipment with little to no money for start-up costs.  By January 2014, the pantry was staffed and running as a student organization, with Mr. Walker serving as the staff liaison.  In a year’s time, the Ram Pantry served more than 1,800 students, faculty and staff.  The students running the Ram Pantry have now partnered with Food Lion grocery stores and other vendors to keep pantry shelves stocked.  Senior executives from Food Lion have been so impressed that they have asked VCU to serve as a model for universities near the company’s North Carolina headquarters.

 

We are so proud of you and your work Terrence!

 

Originally published by Clare Cady May 26, 2015