Perceptions of Food Insecurity and Local Partnerships at a Private Liberal Arts College

Authors: Jacqueline Kwasigroch*, , Christopher Strunk*, Augustana College
Topics: Sustainability Science
Keywords: Food Insecurity, Liberal Arts, College, Student Resources, Local Partnerships, Community
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 7, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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While food insecurity on college campuses has been the subject of increased attention in recent years, there is often a misconception that students at private liberal arts colleges do not suffer from these issues. This paper examines efforts to make food insecurity more visible on the campus of Augustana College, a small liberal arts college in western Illinois. Since 2015, the college has developed a variety of institution-specific measures, including a student-run Campus Kitchen chapter, a campus food and hygiene pantry (student-run with skeletal administrative support), interactive educational campaigns through Food Friends and World Food Day (student-driven), and a future Food Studies minor (faculty-driven). Students are also currently developing a partnership with a student-run garden on campus. This paper compiles recent student research on food insecurity to examine current perceptions of food insecurity and needs of students. We also examine barriers to implementation and sustainability of these initiatives, including challenges partnering with local food pantries, student and administration turnover, and a lack of awareness around food insecurity on private college campuses.

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