Food insecurity on college campuses

Nyadeng Mal, Office Manager

On college campuses across America, food insecurity is a major problem. Without adequate nutrition, students may be unable to focus on their studies which may lead them to being unsuccessful in college. Many institutions are taking initiative and starting programs that help fight food insecurity.

Pierce College is among those institutions taking matters into their own hands when it comes to food scarcity on college campuses. The granola bar project was implemented earlier last year and has been a way for Pierce College to do their part in combating food insecurity.

“We know that students who are hungry have a hard time focusing and learning,” Cody Foutus, a math professor at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, said.

The way the granola bar project works at the Puyallup location is that a professor or student goes to the tutoring center located in CTR building and checks out a bag of granola bars for his or her class.

Professors who bring granola bars to class can help take away the anxiety of students having to ask for food assistance.

Foutus stated that “to help students achieve academic success we must find ways to address (and hopefully remove) these challenges in our classroom.” Foutus sees the granola bar project as doing just that.

Between Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup, a total of 16,660 granola bars have been provided to students for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Faculty from the departments of political science, math, journalism, arts and humanities and many more have all utilized the granola bar project.

Foutus is grateful for the granola bar project and sees it making a positive impact on his students.

“My students have come to look forward to and depend on the granola bars I bring to class and they constantly express their gratitude for them. I am extremely grateful to our donors for providing this resource for our students,” Foutus said.​


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