We know that as a student, you have a lot things on your plate. But with the rising cost of education, housing, and other expenses, your plate might be lacking one vital item—food.
The University of Oregon recognizes the importance of proper nutrition, and that having enough food contributes to your academic success. That’s why we’re continuing to take steps to address food insecurity in the lives of our students. To help “feed the flock,” our campus and community partners have created important new initiatives for the 2018–19 academic year, made available with joint funding from Associated Students of the University of Oregon and the Office of the President.
These new resources, as well as programs already in existence, are summarized below.
In partnership with Food for Lane County and Trillium Produce Plus, the UO Student Sustainability Center’s new monthly program in the EMU Amphitheater places fresh produce directly into the shopping bags of UO students who self-identify as living at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level.
Like a free farmer’s market for students, you can select the fruits and vegetables you’d like, and receive printed recipes that use ingredients available at the market that day. Produce Drop is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Ducks Feeding Ducks
Do you ever find yourself at the end of the month, short on cash, and missing meals in order to pay for other necessities? The new Ducks Feeding Ducks program, managed by the EMU ID Card Office, can transfer $10 to your account for use at any campus food venue that accepts Duck Bucks.
As a UO student, simply apply online. If you meet the criteria, the funds will be added to your account within an hour.
There is also a donation component for students, UO employees, and family members who would like to contribute to Ducks Feeding Ducks.
Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)
Many students qualify for SNAP based on their financial need, but are often unaware of their eligibility. The Student Sustainability Center and the Duck Nest collaborate with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and the Oregon Department of Human Services to help students learn about the program and get enrolled, if eligible.
SNAP enrollment events are held on campus each term. Trained volunteers will be available to answer any questions, and help you fill out your SNAP application.
Student Food Pantry
The Student Food Pantry—a ministry of the Episcopal Campus Ministry in Eugene and a partner agency with Food for Lane County—is open to all college students in the greater Eugene area. Founded in 2011, the pantry provides free supplemental food for college students. Depending upon availability, this may include canned fruits and vegetables; frozen and fresh vegetables; bread, rice, pasta, and cereal; canned beans, soups, and other protein sources; dairy products, frozen meats, and meat substitutes. Additional quantities are given to students with children.
Students may come to the pantry once a week on Wednesday or Thursday, 4:00–6:00 p.m. It is located one block south of the UO campus at 1329 E 19th Avenue, between Emerald and Onyx. Bring your student ID card and a grocery bag.
Ducks Leftover Textover
The Ducks Leftover Textover program alerts current UO students via text message when there is leftover, free food available on campus. These leftover portions come from campus events where food was ordered from UO Catering, but not all of it was consumed.
Texts to announce available food will occur in real time—typically with about 15 minutes notice—and include a location link on the UO campus map.
In partnership with Food for Lane County, the Duck Nest offers cooking classes three times per term. In these two-hour classes, participants learn how to stretch their food dollars through various small group activities, like meal prep planning and how to shop at the grocery to get the most food for their money.
The class ends with the group cooking and sharing a meal together. Participants go home with the same ingredients from the recipe so they can try cooking the meal at home.
For more information about the UO Student Food Security Working Group or to get involved in one of our programs, contact Marcus Langford, Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org.