Andrea Buhler, Hongyi Guo, Heidi Hasenbein, and Natasha Mukucha
THE GRUB HUB
Food insecurity is a major issue on University of Saskatchewan’s campus, as found in Dr. Rachel Engler- Stringer’s 2015 study. The campus is not located close to any major grocery stores and the majority of the food offered through Food Services is unaffordable. While there are other emergency food resources offered on campus, there is some concern about the anonymity and accessibility of some of these programs. Our project will provide students in need quick and easy access to food resources without the concern of being identified.
While food insecurity is a complex issue that cannot be solved overnight, we can help tackle the problem by implementing anonymous, confidential and easily accessible “food hutches” in different locations on campus. These cupboards or shelves will operate as a food share system on a “take when you need and given when you can” basis and are designed to be self-sustaining. Students can take from the hutches when they are in need, and donations can be added to the hutches by those who have the means. Our goal is to open food hutches in numerous locations across campus where they can be safely accessed without judgment.
This project is important because social sustainability on our campus promotes the well-being of our students allowing them to thrive. University offers many challenges and stressors, and hunger is an issue that students should not have to suffer from at “The University the World Needs”.
If you are interested in donating either food or monetary donations for when the University of Saskatchewan campus is reopened, please contact
Andrea Buhler and Heidi Hasenbein at: