Emergency Food Grants
According to USDA, food insecurity is defined as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life."
Food insecurity for college students can have serious repercussions on overall health and academic performance, both of which are important for retention and access to future opportunities. Students facing food insecurity are more likely to rate their health as fair, poor, or very poor, rate more frequent depression symptoms, and experience more limits to opportunities to study and get involved.
A study from The Ohio State University showed that at the U of I, 22% of Vandals report being food insecure. That’s nearly one-quarter of our student population that lack access to nutritious foods essential for each student to fulfill their Vandal potential.
The objective of this crowdfunding campaign is to decrease the percentage of the student population that is facing food insecurity on the University of Idaho campus. Each donation will go to support emergency food grants, an extension of the Vandal Food Pantry that aims to provide access fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious, but perishable, items that we cannot offer in our pantries.
As a Vandal Family, we believe it is important to support each other and work together to make sure that no one falls through the cracks or is left behind. Whether it is through acceptance to the university or being hired on as staff or faculty, we all have this university binding us together as one group. Our camaraderie as Vandals means that, whether right here in Moscow, Idaho or all the way across the world, we can say “Go Vandals” to a fellow Vandal and receive a spirited “Go Vandals!” right back. This is the power of the Vandal spirit. The Vandal Food Pantry is one way that we, as Vandals, continue to support each other. By contributing to this campaign, you are saying that you believe in the power of the Vandal Family and that there should be #novandalhungry.