Cal Poly and County Food Bank to Host Food Distribution Site April 24

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing is partnering with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to host an on-campus food distribution site from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, near Mott lawn.

Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and members of the public in need of nutritious foods are eligible for the assistance.

The event is a component of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) administered by the food bank, which provides no-cost nutrition assistance to low-income families and individuals once a month.

“Cal Poly understands that food security plays a critical role in the success of our students,” said Keith B. Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “Having a food distribution site on campus helps some of the most vulnerable members in our community and provides them with the nourishment and peace of mind they need to stay focused in the classroom.”

According to California State University (CSU) 2018 basic needs data, as many as 27 percent of Cal Poly students experience food insecurity. In addition, data collected by Cal Poly also shows that food and housing insecurity issues impact a student’s physical and mental health, as well as their academic performance.

“The CSU continues to be a leader in addressing food and housing insecurity, and Cal Poly has made it a priority to address these concerns,” said Denise Bevly, systemwide director of Student Wellness and Basic Needs Initiatives for the CSU Chancellor’s Office. “The partnership with SLO’s Food Bank acts as a conduit for students to connect to additional food — and housing — resources. The partnership is impactful on many levels — the most important one being able to meet the immediate needs of students and to meet students where they’re at.”

The food distribution site will occur every fourth Tuesday of the month. Cal Fresh Outreach will also have a table at the site. For more information, call 805-756-6109.

About Campus Health and Wellbeing
Cal Poly Campus Health and Wellbeing provides year-round care to students by appointment and on a walk-in basis. It offers ambulatory care, lab testing, on-site X-rays, prescription medications, counseling services and holistic well-being services.

Contact: Diego Abeloos

April 23, 2018

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