Student Affairs Leads Charge to Fight Food Insecurity

Nearly 36% of students have reported being food insecure in the last year, and 1 in 5 students skip meals because they don’t have enough money. Last year, a campus-wide task force was convened to look at the issues of housing and food insecurity among students. The group made a series of recommendations that included specific action items to be implemented this semester. As part of the Division of Student Affairs Spartan Essentials initiative, the UNCG community came together this week for some of those items.

On Wednesday, September 11, students and faculty/staff with meal plans were encouraged to help their fellow Spartans in need by donating one of their meal swipes at the dining hall. The final tally when Fountain View closed was 1,214 meals donated. The meals will be banked to be distributed by the Dean of Students office to students in need of an emergency meal.

Prior to this year’s Fall Kickoff Lunch, University Communications had pledged to make a donation to the Spartan Open Pantry for every download of the UNCG Mobile app by faculty and staff between August 8 – 13. The campaign resulted in 1,223 downloads. On Thursday, September 12, students helped arrange the Bestway delivery of food in front of the EUC to be moved to the Pantry.

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