3 million college students need food assistance

Last October, we sat down with our partners at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to discuss ideas for a new advocacy project. During this meeting, they told us about a growing problem that nobody was talking about: food insecurity on college campuses.

As an organization that has worked with college students for more than a decade, we prided ourselves on being “in the know” when it came to working on campus. We were shocked to learn how widespread this problem is in the United States and quickly realized that if we didn’t have a clue, then our student volunteers, alumni and supporters probably also didn’t know.

This lack of awareness is just one of the reasons we decided to focus our advocacy work on addressing food insecurity on college campuses through the Campus Hunger Project. Over the next year, we are embarking on a research project on 40 campuses to learn if and how colleges are supporting students in need. We’ll use this research to develop recommendations for long terms solutions and work closely with current and new partners to make these solutions a reality.

We are also on a mission to increase awareness about this growing problem. This is where you come in. Whether you are a student, alum, partner, friend or just came across this website when you were looking for challah recipes, you can do something about this problem now. You can become an advocate for this campaign and pledge your support to spread the word to your networks. It’s as simple as clicking here and signing up for our action updates. 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to learning with you and sharing our chapters’ progress.