Did You Know...
...that nationwide, on average around 45-50% of university students are food insecure, around 15-20% are severely food insecure, and around 13% are homeless?*
And it’s not just students...
In a 2017 survey, 10% of faculty and staff at UNC Asheville reported they “sometimes” or “often” worried their food would run out before they could get money to buy more, and 6% faculty and staff at UNC Asheville reported that the food they bought did not last and they could not afford to get more.*
It's a common misconception that university students, faculty and staff represent part of the "wealthy elite" who are immune from food insecurity and similar issues. In reality, students, staff and instructors tend to represent the same economic spectrum of the larger community they inhabit. This means that food insecurity is as real a risk here on campus as it is within the broader Asheville/WNC community.
Working Together To End Food Insecurity on Campus...for EVERYONE!
The Food Equity Initiative is a student-run organization dedicated to eliminating food insecurity within the UNC Asheville community, with a focus on health and sustainability. We do this by sourcing and distributing food donations, as well as offering information, events, programs and resources that promote food justice, nutrition, and community engagement. Our mission is to ensure that every member of the UNC Asheville community has access to adequate, culturally appropriate and nutritious food for themselves and their families.
Check out our programs and services tabs to see how you can get involved, get help, or simply join us for food, education and fun at one of our community events!
*For sources and more information on food insecurity, see our Resources page.