In Support of the Role of the SF-Marin Food Bank in Addressing Food Insecurity at SF State

Resolution Number: RS18-367
April, 2018
Whereas: 
RATIONALE: Considering that 41.6% (low and very low food security) to 64% (marginal, low and very low food security) of CSU students experience food insecurity1 and that the cost of food in San Francisco is 23% higher than the national average2, it is important to recognize the work that the SF-Marin Food Bank is doing to address food insecurity at SF State.
Whereas: 
a student’s academic success is related to a student’s access to food; and
Whereas: 
students who are food insecure have lower GPAs and more academic concerns than students who are food secure1; and
Whereas: 
the SF-Marin Food Bank is the leading institution working to address hunger in San Francisco and Marin County through advocacy, nutrition education, home-delivered groceries, neighborhood pantries, CalFresh outreach and enrollment, providing morning snacks for high-need public schools, supporting community partners, and their fresh produce initiative; and
Whereas: 
SF State became the first neighborhood pantry on a college campus for the SF-Marin Food Bank; and
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the SF-Marin Food Bank provides 8-16 products each week to our students at the Associated Students (AS) Pop-Up Food Pantry, including 6-10 produce items, 1 grain item, and 1 protein item; and
Whereas: 
attendance at the AS Pop-Up Food Pantry has increased from an average of 70 students per week in Spring 2017 to 250 students per week in Fall 2017; and
Whereas: 
the SF-Marin Food Bank trains and supports our students as CalFresh enrollers; and
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as a result of the SF-Marin Food Bank CalFresh Training, 158 students have been enrolled in CalFresh and have received an average of $172 of month in assistance; therefore be it
Resolved: 
that it is important that SF State continues to support and build the partnership with the SF-Marin Food Bank; and be it further
Resolved: 
that SF State needs to continue to work to spread the word about the AS Pop-Up Food Pantry and CalFresh enrollment assistance; and be it further
Resolved: 
that we share this resolution with the SF-Marin Food Bank and the San Francisco Food Security Task Force.
Resolved: 
Approved by the SF State Academic Senate without dissent
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Notes: 1 CSU Basic Needs Study Phase II 2 https://smartasset.com/mortgage/what-is-the-cost-of-living-in-san-francisco 3 https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/