University resources tackle food insecurity

Friday, November 15, 2019
A variety of vegetables, fruits and grains spread across a white surface, with some of the food placed on top of silverware.

Various initiatives on campus offer free, nutritious food to ensure no meals are skipped

Kent Bravo

Millions of Americans, many of them students, may be short on food this holiday season. That’s why San Francisco State University wants to remind students of the many resources on campus — made possible by the Basic Needs Initiatives, Associated Students (AS) and other programs and organizations — that provide access to free, nutritious food.

Be a Good Neighbor, Feed a Gator

This community meal-sharing program provides students experiencing a food security crisis with free meals at the City Eats dining hall on campus. Meals are donated by students, faculty, staff and community members.

CalFresh Help Clinic

Students can apply to the CalFresh program, which provides money each month for buying groceries. Those interested can meet with a CalFresh Navi-Gator — students trained to assist with a CalFresh application — to learn more about the program and how to get started.

AS Gator Groceries

In partnership with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Gator Groceries has two distribution services that provide students access to free food. For details about operating hours and locations, visit the Gator Groceries website.

Gator Grub Alert

With this function available through the SF State mobile app developed by Information Technology Services, students can sign up to be notified when there is free food on campus. This feature lets staff and faculty post information about excess catered food after their events, which helps feed students while reducing food waste.

For more information about how SF State and its campus partners are tackling food insecurity and other basic needs, please visit the Basic Needs Initiatives website.

Republished from SF State News