Food insecurity is a national problem ubiquitous to people all over the country; recently, people have begun to study its reaching effects on many types of college students.
National studies have shown that over half of the students enrolled in college courses have to choose between educational expenses and food annually; 21% of those students make that choice for all 12 months in the year.
With 20.5 million people enrolled in college courses across the country, the number of students who experience food insecurity is pretty significant.
UMass Dining wants to change that.
Through a series of events and distributions, the UMass Dining Sustainability team hopes to tackle the issue of food insecurity on college campuses using a "Food Hub" platform.
This will consist of:
- September 30th; 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: "Pay What You Will" pre-packaged meals using produce from UMass Permaculture and local farms on Goodell Lawn at the UMass Student Farmers' Market; includes recipe and nutritional information.
- October 14th; 12:00 pm - 4:00pm: UMass Dining's Maroon Apron- a package with all the ingredients you need to make your own healthy, sustainable, delicious meal at home.
More events TBA; check this blog frequently for updated information! Or visit the UMass Permaculture booth at the UMass Student Farmers' Market on Goodell Lawn every Friday this semester from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm to learn more!
The deadline for the Student Garden Coordinator positions has been extended to Wednesday, September 21st.
Are you interested in building a community with a group of highly dedicated individuals working towards a more sustainable UMass?
Please consider applying to the UMass Dining Sustainability team! This Fall 2016, we are looking to fill 2 Student Garden Coordinators positions
The Student Garden Coordinator works under the Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens to support the planning and upkeep of the UMass Permaculture gardens and education of garden visitors. For this role, the Student Garden Coordinator will work part-time for two semesters and the summer. This position works with all those who come through the garden, including volunteers, tour groups, and the UMass Permaculture Garden Crew. We consider the Student Garden Coordinator role an apprenticeship, to be fully immersed in all elements of the UMass Permaculture program.
If you are interested in applying to the Student Garden Coordinator position, please submit your completed application to Sustainability Coordinator of Campus Gardens Xochi Salazar email@example.com by 11:59 PM on September September 21st.
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