Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.78
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

South Dakota State University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Jack's Cupboard & Meal Donations

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Jack's Cupboard combats food insecurity by ensuring those students who struggle financially to purchase food are provided this free resource supported by students, faculty and staff. It is available to all students with a student ID. Jack's Cupboard is located on campus and is open 2 days a week for 3 hours each day. Jack's Cupboard works to minimize any stigma for students who utilize its resources, by creating a warm, welcoming environment. The majority of volunteers are fellow students. Verification of financial need is not required; however, based on the statement of acknowledgement posted in the Cupboard, anyone who uses the Cupboard does so because they are in need and are not just taking advantage of the resource. In the fist 3 months of service, Jack's Cupboard served over 150 students.

SDSU food service provider, Aramark, has partnered with Student Affairs to allow students, who have a meal plan, to donate block meals for students. Students in need then receive a voucher to get a free meal at our cafeteria. Over 300 meals were donated and approximately half of the meals were utilized by students using Jack’s Cupboard.

These programs started the fall of 2018.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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