Hunger Free Campuses – Addressing Food Insecurity on Our Campuses
Hunger Free Campuses is an initiative by LeadMN to address food insecurity on community and technical colleges. National data from the Wisconsin Hope Lab shows that 42% of community college students are food insecure meaning they do not have a steady source of food or cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. At LeadMN, we believe no student should have to go hungry while pursuing their education. That is why we are advocating to ensure all of our campuses are Hunger Free.
A Hunger Free Campus
- Has a food pantry, partnership with a food bank, or some type of food distribution system on campus available to students.
- Has a designated staff person on campus to educate students on SNAP and other public services aimed to reduce food insecurity.
- Provides emergency funds to assist students who may be experiencing basic needs insecurity.
- Has a taskforce dedicated to addressing food insecurity concerns.
- Hosts or participates in at least one hunger awareness event each year.
How can you support Hunger Free Campuses?
LeadMN is collecting letters to state leaders urging them to support Hunger Free Campuses. You can help us collect letters electronically or table to collect physical letters. Check the “Take Action” and “Resources” section for materials and more information.
Contact LeadMN Manager of Equity and Inclusion May Yang at 651-203-9466 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can get involved.