Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Courtney Stoner
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
IN-14: Food Bank

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution host a food bank, pantry, or equivalent resource focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger and poverty among students?:
Yes

A brief description of the food bank, pantry, or equivalent resource:

At AU, a student-initiated survey in 2016 found that too many students went hungry at least once a semester, and sometimes more, because they couldn’t afford to eat. The Market was launched during the 2017-2018 Academic Year to address those needs. Currently, over 360 AU students are registered to access The Market.

AU developed The Market, a food pantry for students, run in partnership with students, and located where many students live – at a residence hall, where it can be accessed easily, seven days a week. It runs on the honor system. Students can access The Market any time it’s open using their AU Student ID. Shoppers are encouraged to select the food items they need from the shelves, with no restrictions but consideration for others. The Market is accessible, and is open 18 hours a day. It’s operated by the Office of Campus Life in partnership with students.


Website URL where information about the food bank is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Most of the food in The Market is from a local organization, Capital Area Food Bank. https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/

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