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CUFBA Implementation Study Award Recipients Named

In the Fall of 2017, CUFBA released a survey to our members for the CUFBA Implementation Study. The goals of the survey are to:

· Gain a better understanding of how campuses start and run food pantries
· Explore issues and challenges campuses face in starting and running food pantries
· Understand the reasons why campuses do not start food pantries
· Learn what other interventions campuses might be doing to address student food insecurity

We received responses from over 300 schools…  THANK YOU to ALL who completed the survey in an effort to contribute to the study! All campuses that completed the survey were eligible to receive a $500 award for better serving students experiencing basic needs insecurities. An exciting CONGRATULATIONS goes out to University of Washington – Seattle & Wilson Community College, the two randomized award winners! 

Results of the survey will be shared among members, will be operationalized into new resources for CUFBA members, and will be shared in a national report put out by the HOPE Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University in the near future.

What are you doing for H&H Week?

If you’re looking for ways to fight poverty this fall, consider being part of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. For more than forty years, this nationwide event has helped bring together communities to declare that every person deserves a meal and a home.

Visit to learn more about Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week takes place this year from November 11-19. The week is a chance to educate your community, draw attention to the problem of poverty,

and recruit new volunteers and supporters for local anti-poverty agencies.

This amazing event was first held in 1975, and this year more than 750 colleges, community groups, and faith-based groups across the country will take part.

You can help build the movement to end poverty by organizing Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week in your community this year. To do so, you would spend the week holding community service, fundraising, and educational events to engage your community around hunger and homelessness.

If you’re interested in participating, visit to learn how to get involved.



Show Us YOUR Campus Pantry!

With almost 500 registered members of our Alliance, we want you to join us celebrating the work we all passionately share in the endeavor to end college hunger and food insecurity across the nation!

You can do this by kindly submitting a 10-15 second video clip showcasing your on campus facility, operating staff, and sharing a highlight of why YOU fight to end hunger.

Full guidelines for submission as follows:

– Video clip in .mp4 format should be no longer than 15 seconds
– Showcase images and/or video footage of the campus pantry facility that also includes signage of the institution and pantry name
– Include images or footage of facility staff and/or pantry visitors (Please seek prior consent*)
– Include footage of staff announcing and addressing “why you and your institution fight to end student hunger on campus?”
– All submissions should be uploaded to the following link with a filename that includes SCHOOL NAME + PANTRY NAME:
– Deadline for submission is May 17, 2017

* Submission implies CUFBA takes permission to publicly share and use footage for CUFBA business purposes such as marketing and fundraising *


Originally published by Sonal Chauhan May 8, 2017

CUFBA to Join Temple University HOPE Center

Greetings CUFBA members,

We hope that you are all well and that your quarters or semesters are going along smoothly. As spring approaches we know that things can get hectic, and are wishing you some opportunities to rest and rejuvenate as you work in service to students. Care for ourselves is what makes it possible for us to care for others.

Speaking of care, as you all know through the past 5 years CUFBA has grown immensely due to the care of our amazing leadership team, Nate, Brandon, Sonal and Clare. This year we estimate we will reach 500 member institutions, and already we are above 450. This is A LOT of care, and it is also a lot of work – work we are happy to do, and work that requires a longer-term sustainability plan.

In the 10-year plan for CUFBA we set a goal to move the organization toward sustainable independence and increased capacity. Initially we thought that creating a 501©3 nonprofit organization would be the direction we took, but it has proven challenging. Recently we have explored options for a strong partnership with another organization whose mission matches ours – and we have found such a partnership as we enter into 2017.

We are pleased to let you know that we will be combining forces with the HOPE Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. The HOPE Center will open in 2018, and is the newest project spearheaded by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple, and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. The HOPE Center will build upon the work of the HOPE Lab, engaging in translational research that evaluates and elevates practice and policy to improve college access and completion for our most vulnerable populations. CUFBA will be joining this effort in name, mission, work, and through the hiring of one of our Founding Directors, Clare Cady, who will be serving as Director of Community Engagement.

What does this mean for you, our members? As we vision into the future we are setting goals to:

  • Increase access to resources for colleges and universities to address student food insecurity

  • Develop research to better understand the impacts of campus pantries and other food insecurity interventions

  • Curate and share best practices in campus pantries and other food insecurity interventions, and

  • Develop and support spaces (regional and national) where practitioners and policy makers can convene to learn, partner, and engage in positive change

In the meantime, we at CUFBA will continue to offer our monthly newsletter and updates, connect members to one another for intra-collaboration, and continue to share best practices and resources most pertinent to our collective work. Our team will continue to be responsive to our members’ needs and look forward to growing in that capacity

In short, we are HOPE-ing to move forward with more offerings to increase the capacity of our members and elevate the conversation around student food insecurity across the national (and international) stage. Please be on the lookout for changes around our website, communications, and opportunities to volunteer. We will work to ensure you are up to date and able to benefit from what is to come.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We are happy to hear and to answer. You can reach Clare at


All the best to you all in service. Remember, HOPE is a strategy.

Your CUFBA Leadership Team


Nate Smith-Tyge

Clare Cady

Brandon Mathews

Sonal Chauhan

Originally published by Clare Cady March 23, 2017

CUFBA Hits 400 Members

It’s been an historic week for us at CUFBA as we welcomed our 399th and 400th members to our network. Our 400th, Klemi’s Kitchen at Georgia Tech, were officially welcomed on Wednesday night by our Associate Director Sonal Chauhan. Incidentally we welcomed another amazing team member this week – Grace Evelyn Smith-Tyge joined us on the same day. We are so excited for you and your family Nate!

Reaching 400 members and the closing of 2016 has me reflecting on the nature of our work, its success, and the future of CUFBA. Not only did we reach this all-time high in membership, but published our first research in the report Hunger on Campus in partnership with the SGRC, Student PIRGS, and NCSAHH. Special thanks to Associate Director Brandon Mathews for his great work on shepherding this project in collaboration with James Dubick and myself. We can be extremely proud of this years’ accomplishments, which have received ongoing press coverage and attention – which we see less as win for CUFBA, and more for students whose needs are closer to being met.

It is bittersweet, this year of accomplishments, mostly because were students not at such risk of food insecurity there would be no need for organizations such as CUFBA and our partners (Swipe Out HungerThe Campus Kitchens Project, the Wisconsin HOPE LabShare MealsFood Recovery Network, and many more). I think we would all love to see a world where our work is no longer needed, where writing books like Paying the Price or the creation of new orgs like the FAST Fund are not even necessary because students are cared for and supported in the ways they require. Sadly they are, so we keep creating, growing, serving, and truth-telling until students are no longer food insecure. As we look into the future of the US we worry that things may get worse before they get better.

Speaking of the future, we at CUFBA are looking into 2017 with an ambitious eye. Earlier this year we made some adjustments to our mission and strategic plan that allow us some wiggle room we have not had. We have forged a deeper partnership with NASPA to bring light to these issues and possible solutions. Be on the lookout for the second Closing the Achievement Gap conference, in which I will be playing a formative role. We are continuing to ask critical questions that require inquiry. We are hoping to be a part of new research in the new year. Finally, we are expanding our work to include other interventions beyond that of the campus pantry. This will be minimal compared to our current work, but we have seen an increasing need from our members to brainstorm longer term, proactive solutions to alleviating student food insecurity. We realize that while meeting the immediate needs of students in crisis is a critical start to supporting them, stopping at that is the equivalent (as I have been quoted many times saying) putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. We need not only to meet students’ immediate needs, but to help them gain the stability that leads to persistence and completion. Through partnerships and innovation we hope that this will be a place where we can support and/or offer solutions.

I want to say again a special thank you to the CUFBA team, Co-Founder and Co-Director Nate Smith-Tyge, Associate Director Brandon Mathews, and Associate Director Sonal Chauhan. It is a tremendous privilege to work with these folks, and without them CUFBA would not be what it is today. I do not know if you are aware, but we are an all-volunteer organization…so these folks do this in their spare time. I think that is a testament to their commitment and the power of their contributions. Finally thanks to our members. We provide support yes, but it is our members who do the heavy lifting, the strategic planning, the grant writing, the donor relating – all the things that result in students getting what they need and deserve.

All the best to you all.



Originally published by Clare Cady December 9, 2016