Strategies for Combating Student Food Insecurity

Strategies for Combating Student Food Insecurity

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Learn to craft sustainable programs to support food insecure students on your campus.

Student food insecurity is a widespread, systemic issue affecting more and more individuals every year. Due to the detrimental effects of food insecurity on the mental wellbeing, physical health, and academic performance of students, a growing number of institutions are launching food pantry programs and other initiatives to address this emerging problem.

Join us for a comprehensive conference to learn how you can establish and grow a sustainable, long-term food insecurity initiative on your campus. We will discuss critical considerations for how to:

  • Collect data to help you craft a compelling business case for your program
  • Engage and enlist cross-campus partners
  • Build your infrastructure with space and resourcing considerations in mind
  • Reach more food insecure students on campus and mitigate stigma around the issue
  • Assess your efforts to amplify and promote the cause on campus

Our faculty panel will share wise strategies, best practices, and case studies from their institutions to help you build and sustain your own food insecurity programs. You will leave with a list of short-term goals and action items that you can use once you’re back on campus. This event will be the perfect opportunity to come together as a network of peers to discuss the systematic issues facing our food and housing insecure college students.

Optional Post-Conference Workshop

Addressing Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: Program and Practice Considerations

Supporting students experiencing homelessness, or those without adequate shelter, is a growing need that college administrators are beginning to address. In this optional workshop, you will hear from passionate experts who have a state-wide plan to implement programs combating housing insecurity and meeting this growing epidemic head-on.

This session is designed to raise awareness of the problem while helping you develop a strategy that will allow your campus to provide sustainable, long-term solutions for your housing insecure students.

Who Should Attend

This conference was designed for those leading efforts to develop or grow a sustainable food insecurity or food pantry program on campus.

Regardless of whether you’re just starting out or you have an established program to enhance, you will find relevant the content at this training.

  • If you have already identified a need to start or expand your on-campus service, you will learn critical steps to consider before doing so.
  • If you have implemented a food pantry on your campus, you will have the opportunity to participate in critical discussions to assess if your services are meeting the needs of food insecure students. You will also learn new strategies to reach more students in need.

 

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Agenda

Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch, and access to the networking reception on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

DAY ONE

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Model Food Insecurity Programs: Institutional Examples and Student Stories

In this opening session, our expert faculty will highlight real-life student experiences that bust myths about the nationwide food insecurity epidemic. These personal stories will also speak to the impact student food insecurity programs have had on their lives. You will also learn in detail about our speakers’ respective campus food pantries and supplemental programs.

 


 

Mining Information to Inform the “Business” Plan

Building or sustaining campus food pantries require conscience advocacy, information gathering, and compelling data to propel these initiatives forward. We will help you begin your efforts by collecting and organizing critical information such as:

  • Student experiences and needs
  • State regulations
  • Food handling requirements
  • Storage spaces and locations
  • Staffing considerations
  • Supply and demand
  • Marketing plans

After discussing these considerations, our experts will share useful advice and tips to help you address future inquiries, concerns, or hesitations around building or sustaining a food insecurity program on your campus.

 


 

Identifying Partners and Leading Critical Conversations Around the Food Insecurity Epidemic

Our expert faculty will share their own internal and external outreach efforts for identifying critical partners who played a significant role in establishing or sustaining their food program efforts. We will discuss what kind of partners are necessary and where to find them, how to present the case to them, and what resources they could provide. You will learn tactful tips for engaging partners in these important conversations and establishing positive relationships.

 


 

Building the Infrastructure

During this hour, you will learn ways our faculty created their campus infrastructure to support their food insecurity initiatives. We will share strategies for creative resourcing for space, staffing, donations, marketing efforts, and how to reach students. You will have the opportunity to consider these tactics for your own campus and analyze ways you can build and sustain your own systems to better serve food insecure students.

 


 

Student Outreach Efforts and Mitigating Stigma

Communication and outreach to students who are food insecure is a crucial goal for campuses who wish to better serve them. You will explore diverse strategies to reach students in need through different channels such as email, advertisements, referral programs, social media, and more. We will also discuss how to mitigate stigma for students who are food insecure.

 


 

Networking Reception

This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have some refreshments on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, so this is a great time to catch-up with attendees and speakers whom you may not have connected with yet.

 


DAY TWO

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

Thinking Beyond Food Pantries: Establishing Alternative Food Resources

In addition to traditional campus food pantries, some institutions have designed comprehensive and diverse programs to reach their food insecure students. In this session, you will hear some of these innovative ideas and programmatic efforts that will not only help you reach more students but also raise awareness of the food insecurity issue across campus.

 


 

Best Practices for Assessing Your Program

We will discuss strategies for assessing whether your food insecurity program is meeting student supply-and-demand, as well as identify further data points to build the case for additional funding and staffing needs. Drawing on examples from their own campuses, our experts will share unique and impactful ways that data has been collected and shared to promote student food insecurity efforts.

 


 

Bringing It All Together: Identifying Your Short-Term Goals

With the assistance of our expert panel, you will have the opportunity to determine your top priorities when it comes to advocating for or sustaining your food insecurity program. In this working session, you will outline goals and draw up an action plan for when you return to campus.

 


 

Post-Conference Workshop
Addressing Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: Program and Practice Considerations

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Your registration fee includes the post-conference workshop and materials, lunch on Tuesday, as well as refreshments.

Supporting homeless students, or those without adequate shelter, is a growing need that college administrators are beginning to address. In this optional workshop, you will hear from passionate experts who have a state-wide plan to implement programs combating housing insecurity and meeting this growing epidemic head-on.

This session is designed to raise awareness of the problem while helping you develop a strategy that will allow your campus to provide sustainable, long-term solutions for your housing insecure students.

Our expert faculty will:

  • Highlight national data, facts, and student voices on the topic of housing insecurity
  • Help you forecast and interpret state plans that mandate institutional assistance to housing insecure students
  • Share best practices of model housing insecurity programs including lessons learned and advice
  • Discuss strategies to access housing accommodations including grant funding, community resources, and external agency assistance.

Speakers

Portrait of Tim Balliett

Dr. Tim Balliett

Director of The Center for Character, Conscience, and Public Purpose at Penn State University

Tim Balliett, Ph.D. has been the Director since 2018. The Center promotes moral and civic learning among Penn State’s students through character development, cultivation of ethical leadership, and thoughtful and engaged citizenship to advance the common good.

Read Tim's full bio here.

Portrait of Ann Marie Ciaraldi

Annie Ciaraldi

Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Compliance and Violence Prevention & Single Point of Contact for Housing and Food Insecure Students, UMass Lowell

Annie Ciaraldi, M.Ed. has been the Associate Dean of Students for Compliance and Violence Prevention at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 2013 and has been at the University working in Student Affairs since 1990. The responsibilities of this position and her work at UMass Lowell has included working with students in crisis of many different types, including food, housing, and other resource insecurity.

Read Annie's full bio here.

Portrait of Taylor McHolm

Dr. Taylor McHolm

Program Director for the Student Sustainability Center at the University of Oregon

In this role, Taylor develops student leaders, helps facilitate student sustainability projects, and develops programming to meet student needs on campus. He is also the co-chair of the Food Security Task Force, which develops and implements programs and strategies to combat food insecurity on campus.

Read Taylor's full bio here.

Portrait of Andrew Naylor

Andrew Naylor

Interim Senior Director, Housing & Residential Life, Florida International University

Andrew is a campus housing professional with 22 years of experience. At FIU, Andrew has worked closely with the Fostering Panther Pride program for the last five years to ensure homeless students and students from foster homes are provided housing on campus as they transition into the university.

Read Andrew's full bio here.

Portrait of Kerri Willson

Kerri Willson

Director of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships at Rutgers University- New Brunswick

Kerri and her team work to bridge the gap between off-campus students and the community where they reside. They educate students about rights and responsibilities, provide opportunities for students to engage in local community service, and work with all the faith-based communities on campus.

Read Kerri's full bio here.

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