Holiday Food Drive Aiming to Alleviate UCSB Student Hunger
Santa Barbara – On Friday, November 14, the Young Adults in Unity program at Unity of Santa Barbara will launch a two week food drive to assist The Associated Students Food Bank at UCSB.
Many UCSB students face a difficult question on a daily basis: to eat, or not to eat. But it is not stress or vanity that has them forced into this line of contemplation. “As tuition levels continue to rise, more students are forced to cut back from their daily expenses, which most often happens to be food,” said Paul Monge-Rodriguez, former Associated Students Student Body President. “The reported number of students who are dealing with hunger on a daily basis is rising at an alarming rate.”
One local group at Unity of Santa Barbara is committed to stepping up to help make a difference for students this holiday season. The Young Adults in Unity (YAU) is a collaborative group of adults ages 20’s, 30’s and 40’s interested in developing a community of sharing, self-reflection and community service.
Just how serious is the student hunger problem? According to Monge-Rodriguez, of the 2,131 anonymously surveyed graduate and undergraduate students who participated at random in a Student Financial/Food Need Survey, 22.5 percent (481) find themselves skipping meals every week to save money. 50.8 percent (1,084) of the students stated that their combined income from all sources, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, and employment, is not sufficient in providing for their basic needs at UCSB.
All food being raised by the YAU food drive goes directly to the Associated Students Food Bank at UCSB. Founded in 2011, the Associated Students Food Bank is a student run and student led service at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It’s primary focus is ensuring friendly, confidential service to UCSB students in need of food and toiletries.
One anonymous student said this about the UCSB food program: “I thought that it would be embarrassing to come and take free food, but it wasn’t. I realized that I actually do need it because I barely have any food at home and I am broke.”
The Santa Barbara community is being asked to donate non-perishable food items including: Canned soup, meats, vegetables, sauces, and beans. Breakfast foods such as oatmeal, cereal, and granola bars. Bottled beverages such as juice and water.
Food donations should be dropped off at the Unity of Santa Barbara office located at 227 E. Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, CA. 93101.
Food drop off times are Saturday, November 15, through Sunday, November 29, Tuesday - Sunday (10:00am - 4:00pm). The office is closed on Monday’s.
The Young Adults in Unity can be contacted directly through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also on Facebook at: Young Adults in Unity Santa Barbara
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