A ‘Basic Needs Hub’ Opens to Serve Food-Insecure Students
Studying for tests, making new friends, figuring out career options: Most college students spend the majority of their time thinking about academic and social goals. But for almost four out of 10 University of California students, the biggest thing on their mind is hunger.
A 2016 study found that a shocking number of University of California students weren’t getting enough food. And as Jennifer Medina writes in the New York Times, recently, officials at the Irvine campus decided to address the problem.
Paid for in part by a $3 student fee, the Basic Needs Hub is a mini food pantry designed just for students. The pantry is stocked with fruits, vegetables, granola bars, meat, and other grocery staples. No one is asked for proof of income, though students receive materials stating that the items are intended for those in need.
“We are making it O.K. for students to say that they do need help,” Edgar Dormitorio, the assistant vice chancellor of students affairs, told the New York Times. “We know there are students who do without meals rather ask for assistance. We want this to be as low barrier as possible.”