CSUSB joins fight against student food insecurity

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Diverse Issues in Higher Education — When organizers opened a new, student food bank at California State University, San Bernardino about a year ago, they didn’t know what to expect.

Would anyone show up? Or, would students succumb to fears of appearing cash-strapped rather than access the donated, non-perishable food and toiletries they needed? Did students even know about the pantry? More than a dozen students shopped during the food bank’s first week, resulting in officials declaring the project an immediate success.

CSUSB is one of a growing number of higher education institutions nationwide that houses a food bank on campus in response to the prevalence of food insecurity among today’s student body. The trend coincides with ever-rising tuition hikes and increasing numbers of low-income college students everywhere. Also, countless families continue struggling financially because of effects from the Great Recession.

The article was published Dec. 22, 2015.

Read the complete article at “Cal State San Bernardino joins fight against student food insecurity.”

The DEN was also briefly mentioned in “Number of campuses with food banks grows to meet demand,” published Dec. 23, 2015, by EducationDive.com, which referred back to the article above.

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