October 24, 2017

Just over 10 percent of households in Maryland faced food insecurity between 2014 and 2016 according to the Economic Research Service. In addition, 3.9% of Maryland households had very low food security during that time frame. In a recent campus survey, researchers found that 15% of students faced food insecurity, and 16% were at risk.  

During the week of October 30th-November 3rd, the School of Public Health will be holding a Fall Food Drive for the Campus Pantry. Please contribute to food donation collection boxes at six locations around the SPH:

  • CASA Office
  • Dean’s Office
  • Kinesiology Office
  • Family Science Office
  • Behavioral & Community Health Office
  • Public Health Science Office

The Campus Pantry distributes good quality and nutritious emergency food to UMD College Park students, faculty, and staff. It also works to raise awareness around hunger issues, especially as experienced by low-income college students, and encourages student engagement to foster a sense of community and service to peers on campus. You can find more information about the UMD Campus Pantry at: http://campuspantry.umd.edu/

Goods are primarily received via donation. Our SPH Fall Food Drive has helped to stock the UMD Campus Pantry each Fall semester for the last three years.

Some of the most needed items for the Campus Pantry:

  • Canned fish or poultry
  • Canned fruit
  • Pasta sauce
  • Dry pasta or rice
  • Non fat, dry or canned milk
  • Canned vegetables
  • Peanut butter and jelly/jam
  • Baby food or formula
  • Canned beans
  • Cereal/oatmeal/other non-perishable breakfast items
  • Cooking supplies (flour, spices, oils, etc.)

Organizers hope to collect 500 items of food for the Campus Pantry, and will be tracking progress on posters that will be located around the SPH. Please give generously!