When we first started learning about this issue, statistics like this blew our minds. Food insecurity doesn't just occur on a few campuses - it's everywhere. By sharing this image you'll increase the number of people who recognize the scope of this problem.
What does the term hunger mean? When we say hunger, we are really talking about food insecurity. Hunger is the craving or physical need for food, and is one of many symptoms of food insecurity.
Food insecurity is more than hunger. College students experiencing food insecurity donâ€™t know where their next meal is coming from, and donâ€™t have the necessary resources, time or money to afford or access food.
College food insecurity is not a new phenomenon. In 1993, the Michigan State University Student Food Bank was founded and became the first campus-based food assistance program in the country. Since then, over 300 colleges and universities are members of the College & University Food Bank Alliance, an organizations that supports existing and emerging campus food banks.
14 Challah for Hunger chapters have already pledged their support and created action plans to begin addressing hunger on their campus:
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
University of Maryland
University of California - Santa Cruz
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin - Madison