What is Food Insecurity and how does it affect Emory?
Simply put, food insecurity encompasses the uncertain and inconsistent access to food that can lead to hunger. Unfortunately, hunger and food insecurity on our campus is real. Between academic years 2016-17 and 2018-19, Student Intervention Services saw an 80 percent increase in the number of students requesting assisting with food-related needs.
We know food insecurity negatively affects students’ mental health and their success at Emory, and our goal is to help students understand and identify food insecurity, as well as making nutritious food readily available to students when they need it.
About the Food Security Fund
The new Emory Food Security Fund will help fight food insecurity directly within the Emory student community by allowing students experiencing food insecurity to purchase their own food during breaks, while living off campus, and during remote learning. If you are a student experiencing need, fill out this form to get direction to necessary services. The Food Security Fund will be accessible via the same form in the coming weeks.
Students Supporting Students
In order for Emory to become a food secure campus, we need the entire Emory Community to come together. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students all supporting our students in need shows the strength of the Emory Community! Our goal is to inspire at least 133 students to support this fund because as many as 133 students have requested food assistance in a recent year.
Direct Impact of Your Gift
Your gift will provide meal swipes or grocery store gift cards to food insecure students, which will allow for the most flexibility to meet their nutritional needs as well as any dietary restrictions.
Don’t underestimate the value of your gift. Just $5 will go a long way to providing a meal to students, in a time where many food insecure students skip multiple meals everyday.
Additionally, any student who gives at least $16.95 will receive an Emory Beanie, while supplies last, as a token of appreciation for your support of the Emory Food Security Fund. Only student donors are eleigible for the beanie. If you want your full donation credited as a philanthropic gift and to decline the beanie, please email email@example.com within 24 hours of making your gift. Otherwise, your tax-deductible donation amount will be $6 less than your gift.
Emory beanies will be mailed in January.