Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado State University
IN-14: Food Bank

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
Housing and Dining Services
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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:

Rams Against Hunger is a CSU program that provides a variety of services to address food security on campus, working to reduce the stigma surrounding food insecurity. Rams Against Hunger offers a meal swipe program in the dining centers, SNAP education, Food Recovery Program, Pocket Pantries, and a full-service Food Pantry on campus. All faculty, staff, students, and members of the community can access the Food Pantry in the General Services Building. Pocket Pantries are smaller food pantries spread around seven locations across campus, allowing students, staff, and faculty to have access to food beyond the hours of the permanent Food Pantry. The Ram Food Recovery program makes leftover food from catered events on campus available for pick-up after the event. Over 1,000 members of the campus community are on the text alert system.

CSU’s Western Campus Orchard Mesa Research Station prioritizes food justice and security on the Western Slope of Colorado. The production at this farm serves to provide high-quality produce to the local community. The Orchard Mesa Research Station is a member of Community Alliance, working for food justice in Western Colorado. They partner with the Food Bank of the Rockies to donate produce, as well as local schools. Students from nearby schools choose which foods they would like to plant, engage in the harvest process, and take home the food they grew as a nutrition education program. Since this programs’ start four years ago, over 175 tons of fresh produce have been donated.

CSU’s ARDEC South has a dedicated plot of land to combatting food insecurity in the CSU community. Graduate student volunteers created the Growing Food Security program and manage and maintain a 4-row plot on the research station solely dedicated to providing food for the community. This plot has produced and donated thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in the past two years. The produce goes to CSU on-campus food pantry and other local food security programs.


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