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In early 2019, the California Community Colleges and The Hope Center released the 2019 California Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey which evaluated community college students’ access to basic needs in California -- and the results were staggering. Data showed that more than half of our students at the California Community Colleges either couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals or worried whether their food would run out before having money to buy more.
In response, the Foundation has dedicated its year-end fundraising campaign to fighting student hunger across the system. We are raising funds to address food insecurity and ensure students at California Community Colleges have better outcomes both in health and education. Dollars raised will help connect students to the nutrition and basic necessities they need to succeed, driving us towards more equitable outcomes as envisioned in the California Community Colleges Vision for Success.
Any amount helps. When we provide our students with access to the nutrition they need to succeed, we reduce the amount of uncertainty associated with food insecurity. Students can instead focus on meeting educational goals and achieving their dreams, improving outcomes systemwide.
Donors are already energized around this issue -- a recent $500,000 gift to the California community college system from an anonymous donor will help address food insecurity on campuses. Additionally, Golden 1 Credit Union generously contributed more than $30,000 in support of the Foundation’s CalFresh outreach project, with resources being used to deploy student ambassadors on campuses in the Sacramento Valley to connect low income students to food resources available.
Funds will help us to expand current efforts, like the CalFresh Outreach Project, which raises awareness of California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and gives students regular access to nutritious food.
Learn more about the CalFresh Outreach Project >