麻省湾社区学院的学生发展, Student Government Association and the Division of Humanities and Social 科学s recently held a student essay contest around hunger issues. 学生比赛的两名获胜者是 来自广州的阮阮和来自亚什兰的约翰逊. They will both join two members of the 学生发展 team in attending the National Convening on College Food and Housing Insecurity Conference in Philadelphia on October 23rd and 24th. The winning students will travel and participate in the conference free of charge and learn more about efforts to end hunger and homelessness among college students nationwide.
The two day conference, led by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 将讨论如何减少粮食和住房不安全, 如何协助学生获取校内食物资源, 扩大学生获得食品券的渠道, 如何运作一个有效的校园食品储藏室, 如何与管理员合作，以实现校园广泛的变化和更多. Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will also be in attendance and will be participating in a panel discussion, “推动高等教育系统变革”.
"Campus leaders at 立博体育登录 Community College were among the first in our state to address the issue of food and housing insecurity head-on,卡洛斯说。. 圣地亚哥，高等教育专员. "Therefore it’s not a surprise to see that 立博体育登录 students are stepping forward with their own ideas for how to help their peers. I applaud their engagement and look forward to meeting them at next month's convening in Philadelphia."
There were seventeen 立博体育登录 students who participated in the week long essay contest and many great implementation ideas were shared which would help assist students who struggle with food security. Some of the ideas generated from the winning essays include: creating on campus study sessions incorporating food at these events to create an academic socialization activity, offer workshops on cooking, student-led/short-term food pantry, 清晨和深夜免费小吃活动, 和更多的. These and other ideas will be brought to the conference and to a 立博体育登录 working group assigned to this topic to see if and how these ideas can be implemented at the College.
他说:“参加这次会议是我的荣幸. “I hope to learn more about the experiences and struggles students across the country are facing so that we can be united in a voice for change. Closer to home, I look forward to finding ways the Mass Bay community can help each other. 没有人应该在任何斗争中感到孤独, and I am humbled to represent the strength of resolve and commitment Mass Bay has put forth to the safety and security of its community members.”
“It's a privilege to be able to attend the conference on food and housing insecurity,” said Nguyen. “It is troubling to know that about half of our student body is reportedly suffering from the lack of basic necessities that are fundamental to their long term development and success, ,从而, the success of the community at large. What's more stunning is the fact that on the surface we seem to be living in a society that has an abundance of resources, there are no shortage of restaurants, grocery stores are filled with foods, 住房开发随处可见. There seems to be a disconnect between the reality for those who have access and those who do not. I hope ideas being shared at this conference will help bridge the gaps between these two realities.”
During the Spring 2017 semester, 立博体育登录’s 学生发展 Office and Institutional Research administered an on-line survey of currently enrolled students to inquire about and addressing food insecurity among our student population. 在308名学生中，超过一半的人参与了这项研究, 52%, 被发现有“低”或“非常低”的食品安全问题, which is comparable to a national study of community college students conducted by 威斯康星希望实验室称“大学里的饥饿和无家可归””. The national study and the results of the 立博体育登录 Food Insecurity study prompted 立博体育登录 to participate in the up-coming conference and create the essay contest to find students that would benefit the sharing of ideas and bringing those ideas back to 立博体育登录 for implementation.
“We were excited to have so many students step forward and contribute to this essay contest,” said Massbay Vice 总统 of 学生发展 and Dean of 学生 Dr. 莉斯布伦伯格. “Our students are concerned about food insecurity and they are actively trying to combat it. Our staff and our two student winners - Phu Nguyen and Kelly Drescher Johnson will get to add their voices and ideas to the conference in Philadelphia. We look forward to hearing all the new ideas and effective practices they’ll bring back to 立博体育登录.”
- A partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank to host a monthly mobile market food pantry with free fresh fruits and vegetables. This farmer’s market style food distribution is located on the Wellesley Hills campus, and students on the Ashland and Framingham campuses can pre-register and the food will be brought to those campuses. To-date this has already benefitted more than 2,648 students, faculty and staff.
- 零食箱已经放在学生发展部了, 体育运动, 在韦尔斯利山校区提供咨询和经济援助办公室, 提供免费的, 所有学生都可以选择可持续的零食. The snack bins are also in Advising and 学生发展 on the Framingham campus.
- The 立博体育登录立博体育登录 has started a Student Hunger Assistance Fund, where individuals can make a donation and their contribution will go directly to the helping students have access to food.