CSU Campuses Help Fight Hunger
December 6, 2012
By Stephanie Thara
Hunger is a reality for one in six people in the United State, and CSU campuses are working hard through countless campaigns to help reduce the number of Americans struggling with hunger.
During San Diego State’s Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive in October, the campus collected 107,551 pounds of food for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The collection was a campus-wide effort: a professor gave 25 cents for every dollar given to the food drive by his 400 students; alumni made donations to the SDSU Virtual Pantry, where every dollar donated is equivalent to 3.84 lbs. of food and provides three meals for San Diegans in need; and students dropped off non-perishable food in any of the numerous red bins across campus.
In partnership with the San Bernardino City Mission, CSU San Bernardino’s Office of Student Leadership & Development has fed more than 18,000 people over the past three years by collecting thousands of Top Ramen noodle packages. As an incentive, SLD has hosted competitions between departments, clubs and organizations to see who can collect the most donations.
During the annual Give a Gobbler campaign, animal science students at Fresno State raise turkeys on the University farm, work with Zacky Farms to get them processed, and donate the turkeys to struggling families through Bulldog Pantry, a student-run food bank serving university neighbors.