Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
IN-14: Food Bank

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Michelle Gibbs
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?:

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

The Hope College Care Pantry, specifically responds to increased food insecurity among college students. In May 2020, Hope opened the Keeping Hope Care Pantry to respond to the food needs of approximately 50 students - primarily international students - who remained on campus during our COVID shutdown. Members of the campus and Holland community responded with donations of food and cash to keep the pantry open through the summer of 2020. Recognizing an ongoing need among our students with food insecurity, Hope formalized the Care Pantry. The pantry serves approximately 10-20 students each week. In 2021 a $30,000 gift from the Planseon Foundation was received and at this time, the Care Pantry is funded primarily through this source with additional monetary and food items coming from Hope staff and faculty who want to continue giving to our students. An additional request to this funding source is planned. Starting in the Spring of 2023 our Food Recover Network Chapter student volunteers have been working with the dining services team and getting fresh food from the dining halls to the Care Pantry as well.

Website URL where information about the food bank is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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