Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal of this campaign?
Campus hunger is a far-reaching issue rooted in structural injustice which disproportionately affects already marginalized communities like students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and students from low-income households.
However, we can meaningfully lessen rates of food insecurity by increasing student eligibility for SNAP benefits (which gives recipients funds to purchase groceries) and increase the number of resources colleges can provide students to meet their basic needs (like food and housing).
The goal of this campaign is to pass and protect federal legislation that removes barriers for students to access SNAP and introduce Hunger Free Campus Grant legislation in all 50 states.
What is the summer series?
This a series of 5 virtual workshops being organized in coordination with 20+ local and national organizations and food banks to provide an estimated 500 student and community leaders around the country with the information, tools, and skills needed to advocate for the policy priorities listed above during the 2020-2021 school year. All workshops are free of cost. Go here for more information on the summer series.
What is the Campus Hunger Project?
The Campus Hunger Project is Challah for Hunger’s national initiative to combat campus food insecurity by providing student leaders with the tools and skills to create or improve resources for food insecure students on individual college campuses. You can learn more about the Campus Hunger Project here.
Where can I find more information about campus food insecurity?
Temple University's Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice has been conducting national and local research on student basic needs for more than 5 years. Their website includes links to all of their reports as well as informational webinars and other resources.
Dr. Rashida Crutchfield led a basic needs study of the Cal State University system (which encompasses 23 college campuses across the state of California and half a million college students) in 2014 and has continued to be a lead researcher and scholar on the issue.
The Privileged Poor by Anthony Jack, an assistant professor at Harvard, breaks down the ways elite universities have failed marginalized students and offers recommendations on how universities can remedy this.
Can I / my organization really make a difference?
Social action researchers and organizers with decades of experience popularized a model for effective social movements in the late 1990s called the Movement Action Plan (MAP) Model. Their analysis of dozens of effective social movements across multiple continents showed that to turn the tide on an issue and move powerholders to action requires public opinion in support of the movement's demands be at 30%. This means every tweet at an elected official, email to your Congressmember, petition signed by all 1,000 members of your organization, informational Facebook post, and more add up.
We don't need everyone on our side to win, but we need some. Any action you take to highlight the pervasiveness of campus food insecurity and the goals of this campaign will help turn the tide.
I’d like my organization to join the campaign, what does it mean to join?
Joining the campaign means you are committed to our goals and principles and willing to publicly endorse the #FUELHigherEd campaign. As a campaign sponsor, your organization will gain:
Advocacy trainings to equip your audiences with the knowledge and tools to implement our campaign’s goals, such as Leveraging Research to Effect Policy, SNAP & College Students, and Building Collective Power.
Access to live monthly trainings to engage your community as campaign leaders.
Monthly gatherings with other #FUELHigherEd partners to share and coordinate your advocacy efforts within the campaign. Opportunities to share actions and advocacy wins with a national network.
Increased visibility of your organization on a national scale
I’d like to get involved as an individual, how can I take action?
Get equipped with advocacy skills through our summer series, which premiered in June 2020.They will help you build your knowledge and skills and connect you with hundreds of other anti-campus hunger advocates around the country.
Use our Advocacy Toolkits to write letters, engage your community, and build power.
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