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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 dedicated its year-end fundraising campaign to fighting student hunger across the system. We raised over $600,000 to address food insecurity and ensure students at California Community Colleges have better outcomes both in health and education. Donors gave generously to 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.
Corporate Partners stepped up in a big way. In addition to Golden 1 Credit Union's generous contribution of more than $30,000 in support of the Foundation's CalFresh outreach project, our partners at Keenan, CalStrat, US Bank, Pepsi, and Haworth all stepped up to the challenge.
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.
Thank you for all your support of this important effort.
Learn more about the CalFresh Outreach Project >