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The CUFBA Movement – What Does it Mean?

Touch the Soil News #567 CUFBA stands for College and University Food Bank Alliance. The alliance just announced its 400th member. In a recent poll sponsored in part by CUFBA, more than 3,000 students at a mix of 34 community and four-year colleges were surveyed. A walloping 48 percent had experienced food insecurity in the past 30 days. What makes this report significant is that nationally, only about 15 percent of the population is food insecure. Why is hunger three (3) times more prevalent on college campuses than off campus? You can download the complete report here: http://www.cufba.org/report-hunger-on-campus/ While causes of food insecurity on college campuses are complex, the short…

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Nation Unable to Adequately Feed its College Students?

Touch the Soil News #513 The nation’s food chain continues to be one of the richest sources of economic insight. In a never-before-attempted-report called “Hunger on Campus” investigators try to get a handle on college hunger. The producers of the report include four (4) nonprofits – College and University Food Bank Alliance, National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, Student Government Resource Center and Student Public Interest Research Groups. The report polled almost 3,800 students at 34 community and 4-year colleges across 12 states. While the report focused on food insecurity and hunger, it also found that 13 percent of students at community colleges are homeless. In a nutshell, here…

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College Freshman – The Highest “At Risk” Class for Food Insecurity

Touch the Soil News #247 As is mostly the case, the more widespread a problem is acknowledged, the more actively humanity immerses itself in some corrective action. The latest news is that college freshmen are in the highest class of Americans to face food insecurity. Researchers from Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota administered surveys to college freshmen living in dormitories at a large, diverse public university. The study revealed that 34 percent of freshman experienced food insecurity over a 30-day period. That increased to 35 percent over a 90-day period. These rates are over twice the national average of food insecurity. The study showed that food-insecure students…

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