First Faculty Mentor

Dr. Shala Mills

Second Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jean Gleichsner

Third Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jenny Manry

Fourth Faculty Mentor

Dixie Balman

Department

Entire University

Award

3rd Non-Empirical Graduate

Classification

Graduate Student

Description

FHSU students and faculty are committed to addressing food insecurity issues faced by students, faculty and staff. In 2011, the FHSU Victor E. Garden was created to provide greater access to fresh produce for the campus community. In 2012, a campus food pantry, known as the Tiger Food Exchange, was created to provide access to food and also access to information about food and hunger issues. In 2013, a student-led undergraduate research project used the USDA's 6-Item Food Security Short Form Survey to compare FHSU students' food insecurity rates to national averages. Survey results revealed that FHSU students' food insecurity rates were higher than the national average. In fall 2013, the Campus Food and Hunger Initiatives Committee was formed to address campus food and hunger issues. A Healthy Living Grant (2-year) from the Kansas Health Foundation broadened the reach of this campus-wide initiative by improving the infrastructure, developing and implementing educational strategies, and investing in needed resources. The grant provided funding for student coordinators for the Victor E. Garden, the Tiger Food Exchange and a Web and Social Media Coordinator to manage communications and outreach. The garden was expanded by adding a hoop house, a shed, cold frames, drip irrigation, rain barrels and a compost bin. Plans are underway to build an outdoor classroom at the garden site. Individuals accessing the Tiger Food Exchange benefit from a greater array of fresh foods. Educational programming is aimed at addressing resource and knowledge deficits.

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Food and Hunger Initiatives at Fort Hays State University

FHSU students and faculty are committed to addressing food insecurity issues faced by students, faculty and staff. In 2011, the FHSU Victor E. Garden was created to provide greater access to fresh produce for the campus community. In 2012, a campus food pantry, known as the Tiger Food Exchange, was created to provide access to food and also access to information about food and hunger issues. In 2013, a student-led undergraduate research project used the USDA's 6-Item Food Security Short Form Survey to compare FHSU students' food insecurity rates to national averages. Survey results revealed that FHSU students' food insecurity rates were higher than the national average. In fall 2013, the Campus Food and Hunger Initiatives Committee was formed to address campus food and hunger issues. A Healthy Living Grant (2-year) from the Kansas Health Foundation broadened the reach of this campus-wide initiative by improving the infrastructure, developing and implementing educational strategies, and investing in needed resources. The grant provided funding for student coordinators for the Victor E. Garden, the Tiger Food Exchange and a Web and Social Media Coordinator to manage communications and outreach. The garden was expanded by adding a hoop house, a shed, cold frames, drip irrigation, rain barrels and a compost bin. Plans are underway to build an outdoor classroom at the garden site. Individuals accessing the Tiger Food Exchange benefit from a greater array of fresh foods. Educational programming is aimed at addressing resource and knowledge deficits.