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

Talking to the Press

TALKING TO THE PRESS

The issue of food insecurity among college students gets a great deal of media attention. Here at CUFBA we get inquiries weekly for print, radio, and TV (not as much TV, but we have gotten some of those). Here are some tips for you as you negotiate press coverage:

– Your school likely has a press policy. You should know it. Meet the folks who manage press on your campus and find out what they expect of you.

– Check backgrounds. Not all media is created equal, and there are press folks out there who do not believe we should be doing what we are doing. When someone contacts you, google them before you respond. Make sure it is a publication or media outlet that you want to be in. This can be hard if they get you on the phone. Here’s what you can say: “thank you for being in touch. It is the press policy at [school name] that we need to check in before we give quotes. Can I call you back?”

– Have stock photos available to share. Make sure the people who are in them have signed a release that you can give them out.

– We do not recommend allowing the press to come to your distributions. It can create an uncomfortable environment for the students you serve. If you do choose to do this please be sure that every student knows they have the right to refuse to be a part of the coverage, or that they can be a part but anonymous.

– When you do get press coverage CELEBRATE. Share it widely, and send it to us. We will post it on the CUFBA website. It’s great that you get recognized for what you do. Email us at cufbanational@gmail.com

 

Originally published by Clare Cady October 2, 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

 

See an article on this issue? Send it our way!

cufbanational@gmail.com

 

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

Have you our your pantry been featured in the news? Send us the link and we will post it on the page. cufbanational@gmail.com

 

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/

 

Have you our your pantry been featured in the news? Send us the link and we will post it on the page. cufbanational@gmail.com

 

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