Campus Hunger Project

Student Perspectives: College Meals Plans and Campus Hunger

Lauren is one of five student leaders on the Campus Hunger Project Planning Team. She is a current sophomore and a board member of Challah for Hunger at the University of Vermont. To follow Lauren and the Planning Team’s progress, sign up for monthly updates here. As a student at the University of Vermont, I have seen … Continue reading Student Perspectives: College Meals Plans and Campus Hunger

Our Latest Update on the Campus Hunger Project

Meet Our Student Planning Team Alex, UC-Berkeley Arielle, Colgate University Bridget, University of Arizona Lauren R, University of Wisconsin-Madison Lauren B, University of Vermont This team is busy teaching other chapter leaders about the Campus Hunger Project, supporting students as they conduct interviews with administrators, and organizing campus events. Student Perspectives As students conduct interviews … Continue reading Our Latest Update on the Campus Hunger Project

Student Perspectives: The Campus Hunger Project

As Challah for Hunger chapter leaders conduct interviews with campus administrators, we are inviting student leaders to share their advocacy experience. Sophomores Gerry and Yvonne are student leaders at the CfH chapter at Washington University of St. Louis, and share their interview experience below.  Our  interview with an assistant dean in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student … Continue reading Student Perspectives: The Campus Hunger Project

Learning from the Campus Hunger Project

Since the Campus Hunger Project launched this summer, 32 chapters and counting have pledged to participate in the Campus Hunger Project, and our student volunteers have conducted 23 interviews of campus administrators to understand if and how their campuses support those in need. Sumner Schwartz, a junior and Challah for Hunger chapter treasurer at Occidental College, has been very … Continue reading Learning from the Campus Hunger Project

Why does marketing matter?

Nearly 50% of food insecure students in the University of California system wanted, but didn’t receive, information about who to talk to on their campus about not having enough food according to a recent study. Additionally, 45% of food insecure students didn’t receive but wanted to know locations of food pantries. Marketing matters. Colleges and universities are starting to test out … Continue reading Why does marketing matter?

Are we asking the right question?

“No one is counting” refers to the fact that while colleges collect data from students everyday (picture a thick folder of academic transcripts, financial aid forms, etc) one very important question doesn’t get asked: are you struggling to afford or access food? What data do we collect from college students, particularly students receiving financial aid? Quite a lot. Every … Continue reading Are we asking the right question?

Are college meal plans to blame for campus hunger?

At Virginia Tech University, the cheapest meal plan option for students living on campus is $1,674, which equals about 10 meals a week. At Brown University, a meal plan that provides 7 meals a week for the entire academic year costs nearly $4,000. It’s not news to us that meal plans range in cost and … Continue reading Are college meal plans to blame for campus hunger?

Look Outside the Classroom

Who besides students and professors are on a college campus every day? Employees. Universities employ anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands of workers. We got an important wake up call this week when the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College released a survey on food insecurity among employees in the University of California system. The … Continue reading Look Outside the Classroom

FLIP the Conversation

Please be advised that this video includes references to the extreme measures students are taking due to hunger You might think that a college student struggling to pay tuition or rent would first ask their family for help. As the video shows, this isn’t always the case. Many low-income college students and students who are the first person in … Continue reading FLIP the Conversation