"Feeding America found in a 2014 report that one in 10 hungry adults seeking emergency food assistance is a student—two million of whom are studying full-time."
Ohio Campus Compact's Connect2Complete (C2C) partner campus Columbus State Community College (CSCC), in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank hosted last month the first ever produce giveaway on a college campus in the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s district. The Foodbank donated 10,000 lbs. of fresh produce to give away on campus to students in need. The Produce Giveaway team (Connect2Complete Peer Advocate Marcus Deloney, VISTA Maria Latschar and CSCC’s Workforce Development Program Coordinator) planned and coordinated the pilot event. The event was scheduled to begin at 12pm, however, students began lining up at 11:30am. At 12pm there were at least a hundred students in line, then a few hundred. 300 families and 817 people were served during the giveaway. Almost all the produce (except for some kiwis) was distributed to students in the first hour and 15 minutes of the event. Many students stated that the produce would supplement their meals.
C2C VISTAs are working to address the food insecurity issues on their campus by developing C2C models that connect students to the community and empower students to advocate for food pantries and campus community gardens throughout Ohio.
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