Food Insecurity at SJSU

Last week I had the opportunity to see what food insecurity on campus was all about, and with the help of some quick research I put together some interesting facts about what San Jose State is doing about this issue. 

After reading that two out of five SJSU students suffer from food insecurity, I ran straight to the only resources that I knew about who are currently combating this growing issue. 

With the rising cost of housing throughout California, here are a few resources for students who may be suffering:

1. SJSU's Mobile Food Pantry

Hosted once a month, the mobile food pantry gives access to students who cannot afford groceries. The eligibility for this resource is strictly for students that make a annual income of $23,540 a month. Groceries from cereal, to fresh produce to choose from makes it somewhat easier for students who are unable to make ends meet. As we are students who are working day in and out to obtain our degrees, I believe that it's important to make sure that we are nourished properly in order to keep functioning throughout the day. 

2. Associated Students Community Garden

Opened in 2014, the local community garden has seen hundreds of students come in and out each semester. Located across the street from the Dining Commons, the fully organic garden operates year round for students who also stick around during the summer. I personally have had my fair share of learning about this resource and have been able to plant fruits and vegetables in this garden. A bonus is that students are able to learn more about growing their own produce in a efficient way. 

 

3. Food Shelves on Campus

Located in several places on campus, these food shelves are accessible to students who are on the go every day with items that can be utilized after a long day of class. Quick snacks and breakfast options are also available, along with foods like soups and vegetables. I believe that this is the quickest way to find food on campus. Locations are listed in the link above, be sure to check them out. 

 

4. The Breakfast Club

If you are a early or later riser, SJSU's Breakfast Club located in the Peer Connections tutoring center allows students who like baked goods to enjoy them on a daily basis. Breakfast items are restocked daily for those who are looking to start their day on a sunnier side. Be mindful that this opportunity usually ends around 2pm everyday, so late late risers please be aware! 

Look out for more updates as each of these opportunities update each semester. Also be sure to check out our social media handles for more information as well on Twitter and Instagram (@HerCampusSJSU). 

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