Toledo Blade: UT Pantry Reopens for Students

News from the CUFBA member pantry at the University of Toledo.  Congrats and continued success to the Rockets as they help fight student food insecurity on their campus.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/02/15/UT-pantry-reopens-for-students.html

Let us know if you have news stories or updates on your pantry to share with the CUFBA community!  cufbanational@gmail.com

Originally published by Nate Smith-Tyge February 16, 2016

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!

Originally published by Sonal Chauhan January 15, 2016

Rolling Stone: Tens of Thousands of College Students Have Nowhere to Sleep

An article on the issues of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity facing thousands of college students:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/tens-of-thousands-of-college-students-have-nowhere-to-sleep-20151222

As we begin 2016 it is clear that we have much work to do for students.  Let’s resolve to make this year the best yet for CUFBA and working to fight food insecurity on campuses across the country!

Originally published by Nate Smith-Tyge January 6, 2016

Souper Bowl of Caring

Check out this great opportunity to engage in service and help feed people! https://souperbowl.org/

Mission Statement

Using the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.

Vision Statement

Transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.

We believe:

  • The idea for Souper Bowl of Caring is a gift from God
  • Young people have the ability to serve and should be given opportunities to lead their communities in helping others
  • Every dollar collected through Souper Bowl of Caring should be donated directly to a charity selected by each participating group
  • People of all backgrounds and beliefs can work together
  • Hunger and poverty have a negative impact on individuals and the communities in which they live, yet there is joy in serving and giving to those in need
  • The excitement and energy surrounding the Super Bowl can be used to engage young people in service while producing lasting hope for all people

 

Originally published by Clare Cady December 8, 2015

Interesting Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Inside Higher Ed reports that the NSSE found most students are worried about their finances and the cost of attendance.  This was especially true for minority students.  These results highlight the importance of the services that CUFBA members provide.  Relieving financial stress is a key to student success!

Read more about the NSSE results at Inside Higher Ed.

The CUFBA team sends our warmest Thanksgiving greetings to everyone – have a great turkey-day!

 

Originally published by Nate Smith-Tyge November 24, 2015

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 2015!

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!

 

Originally published by Sonal Chauhan November 19, 2015

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

 

See an article on this issue or something related to campus-based food pantries? Send it our way!

cufbanational@gmail.com

 

Originally published by Nate Smith-Tyge November 3, 2015