Food insecurity/hunger affects many college students nationwide. With the high costs of living in the Bay Area, SJSU students are experiencing food insecurity at rates higher than the national average. The Student Hunger Fund provides direct support to students in need, allowing them to focus on academics and co-curricular life with fewer worries. This fall we plan to open a permanent Spartan Food Pantry on campus. This comprehensive center will provide grocery-style access to non-perishable foods, fresh produce, and toiletries. We need your help to make this happen for our students! Please make a gift today to ensure that we are able to ease this burden for many of our hard-working students.
SJSU offers many types of food resources from cooking demonstration classes, community garden, temporary food shelves, and a once a month mobile food pantry in our events center.
The biggest program, the Just In Time (monthly mobile food pantry) has averaged 500 students each time. Monday, September 10th was the first of the 2018-2019 academic year (just four weeks into the school year) and we had 495 students come through the line in under 2 hours! Hunger is real on campus.
The Just In Time monthly food distribution program serves so many, but it's limited to serving just once a month. Many students cannot attend due to timing and some choose to skip class so they have food. We don’t want to put them in that position.
The Spartan Food Pantry will be the first full service, staffed, walk-in pantry offering perishable goods, fresh produce, and refrigerated goods at SJSU. This will be open multiple days of the week with hours that are more flexible to a student’s schedule. You wouldn’t grocery shop when you are at work and carry it with you the full day and our central location on campus with varied hours of service will allow students to pop in on their way home or on a day with no classes. Simply put, this will allow us to serve many more students in a time/day/location that is more accessible to them.
All of this would not be possible without our generous supporters and we need your help to accomplish these goals! Please make your gift today and/or share our page with others in your network. Thank you!!
For more information on our organization, check out our social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook at @SJSUFoodPantry or our website at sjsu.edu/sjsucares