FRESH-Giving Campaign 2019
At this time of year, when our thoughts naturally turn to all we are so grateful for, we ask you to join us in making a contribution to this worthy cause.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 for UCI’s FRESH Basic Needs Hub in time for Thanksgiving (November 28, 2019). Professor Julia Lupton and Ken Reinhard generously matched the first $5,000 raised, bringing the total above $10,000! Now we need you to help us complete our goal! Together, our monetary contributions will allow FRESH to stock the food pantry with the essential supplies most needed for our student community.
Did you know that 48% of UCI students experienced a reduced quality of diet or decreased food intake in 2018? Similarly, a 2015 undergraduate survey at UCI found that 45 percent of Anteaters had endured food insecurity at some point in the prior year. That's way too many students coming to class hungry! Please partner with us to ensure students campus-wide can learn and thrive by contributing to the FRESH Basic Needs Hub, still the largest food pantry in the UC system!
What is Food Insecurity? The USDA defines very low food security as reduced food intake or disrupted eating patterns at times due to limited resources. Low food security is defined as reduced quality, variety or desirability of diet, with little or no indication of reduced food intake. Together, these two categories comprise food insecurity.
How do students access the food pantry at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub? FRESH is available to all students who self-identify as needing food assistance. There are no eligibility requirements for this service.
Where does FRESH get the food for their pantry? The FRESH Basic Needs Hub has a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and they bring food to campus once a week, but their delivery only meets our food demand for 1-2 days of the week. For the rest of the week, FRESH purchases food from the OC Food Bank, wholesalers, and rely on donations.
Why support the FRESH Basic Needs Hub? Because it is easy to access, the pantry is in high demand and food is constantly running out. In addition, the food pantry could use monetary support to increase the amount of healthier food options, quality and variety of options currently being offered.