Food Security Project
The Fresno State Food Security Project is a multi-initiative program to support students who may be experiencing food insecurity or other challenges that might inhibit their academic success at Fresno State. The initiatives were created to reach out to students in varying levels of food insecurity, as well as provide students with resources available to them both on and off campus.
The Food Security Project aims to provide current Fresno State students with food and other basic needs in an effort to empower our students to succeed academically.
The Food Security Project was created in August 2014, and officially launched in November 2014, to find ways to support our current Fresno State students experiencing food insecurity or other challenges. Fresno State Public Health faculty member, Alida Espinoza, conducted research through her masters thesis about food insecurity at Fresno State. From her research, approximately 31% of students she surveyed were experiencing food insecurity at Fresno State. A Food Security Advisory Board was created on campus to discuss ways to support our students. The Advisory Board, which is made up of students, faculty, staff and administrators, created the mult-initiative program that would support students experiencing all levels of food insecurity and other challenges such as housing displacement, catastrophic events, etc.
The Food Security Project is one of many programs in the CSU system that provides basic needs for current students. More information about the CSU Basic Needs can be found on their website.