No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.
In the U.S.: Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. In 2014, almost 46.7 million Americans were living below the poverty level, and on a typical night, more than 578,000 Americans were homeless.
On Campus: Poverty isn’t exclusive to any one community. Even college campuses are not immune. Our latest research suggests that one in five students may currently experience hunger.
Worldwide: At the global level, the problem is even more serious. While there has been slow but steady progress over the past thirty years, there are still 795 million people – or one in nine people in the world – who do not have enough to eat. 896 million people in developing countries live on $1.90 a day or less.
We have the resources and knowledge to eliminate hunger and homelessness in our time, but it remains to be seen whether we have the political will to do so. Fortunately, on campuses across the country, there are students like us who are dedicated to making their communities a better place, and improving the lives and well-being of those around them. Our Hunger Campaign takes this passion and dedication and harnesses it through a combination of direct service, fundraising events, and political advocacy.
As students, we have the ideas, solutions and resources to make change – and by joining together, we can end hunger and homelessness.
Hunger at UConn
Swipe Out Hunger is the program that is working on decreasing food insecurity and stigma on campus at UConn. UCONNSOH flagship program is simply the facilitation of the transfer of flex swipes to other students, faculty, and staff. As of now, UCONNSOH is working with the Dean of Students office, the Office of Student Affairs, and the national Swipe Out Hunger Corporation based out of UCLA.
UCAFE is working on a survey to gather statistics to find out the rate of food insecurity on UConn’s campus. On a national average, university students are some of the most food insecure populations, nearly 36% of students are food insecure, and UCAFE’s study closely mimics the national average. UCAFE’s next steps include working on food closets as well as supplying information to the university.