THRIVE: A KUMC Food Pantry
A community where everyone has access to enough nutritious food to sustain themselves.
To provide access to food and resources that promote health and allow our University to thrive.
Food insecurity is one of the most pressing issues on college campus today. We need your help to start and sustain a food pantry at KUMC allowing our students to not have to worry about choosing between tuition, books, gas, rent, or food.
National studies indicate that anywhere from 30-45% of college students experience some type of food insecurity, which is defined as limited or uncertain ability to get “nutritionally adequate and safe food”.
While we don’t know exact numbers, current student survey data shows at least 5% of students (approximately 50) at KUMC are experiencing food insecurity. Putting that into a campus perspective, 50 students is the equivalent of:
A QUARTER of a Medicine class
HALF of a Nursing class
ALL of the students enrolled in the Department of Health Information Management
In 2016 the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness reported that students experiencing food insecurity often also suffer from housing insecurity, such as difficulty paying the rent, mortgage, or utility bills.
64% percent of food insecure students reported experiencing some type of housing insecurity.
Problems with food or housing harm students’ educational efforts. Of the food insecure students in the study, 32% believed that hunger or housing problems had an impact on their education. These students reported a range of consequences:
55% percent reported that these problems caused them to not buy a required textbook and 53% percent reported missing a class.
In addition, it is reported that skipping meals is associated with deceased cognitive performance among students.
THRIVE will ensure easy access to nutritional food for anyone who needs it.