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Strategies and Resources for Institutions of Higher Education

Increase access to healthy, nutritious food

  • Contact your closest regional food bank to explore partnership opportunities.
  • Implement healthy and affordable vending machines.
  • Provide a variety of meal plans, including an option that provides 10 or fewer meals weekly to avoid interfering with SNAP eligibility.
  • Increase capacity of food pantries.
  • Implement a meal-sharing program, such as Swipe Out Hunger.
  • Create or expand a food recovery program to rescue food that would otherwise be wasted.
  • Encourage campus stores to become SNAP eligible.

Increase awareness of available supports and resources

  • Add relevant information or links to the Dining and/or Student Affairs websites to ensure that food supports are easy to find.
  • Create an informational food security resource website.
  • Change website and brochure language to help reduce stigma.
  • Provide an interactive food resource map.
  • Educate student leaders on campus to create student-centered programming.
  • Provide educational opportunities for students and staff.
  • Connect work study and financial aid recipients with SNAP outreach services and other food security support services on campus.
  • Participate in the #RealCollege Survey and/or other data gathering efforts.
    • Gather data on the general population not just those who use the pantry or other school resources to gain a better idea of the full scope of the problem
  • Work with peer counselors to spread information about available assistance.

Partner with school, government, and community organizations to improve services

  • Register with the Department of Human Services as a COMPASS community partner.
  • Make food pantries the hub for other campus resources.
  • Partner with organizations that help with benefits screenings.
  • Create a student organization to address food insecurity.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings that focus on food security.
  • Pre-screen for SNAP eligibility and refer likely eligible students to application assistance during registration.
  • Train financial aid staff on eligibility for food assistance and other benefits.
  • Offer training and information to general staff to promote awareness of basic needs resources.
  • Partner with the college's food service provider
  • Partner with local County Assistance Offices to offer on-campus supports.
  • Partner with organizations who specialize in food security efforts, such as:
  • Enhance affordable food offerings that include nutritious options: