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Grantee Blog 2020

Assessing & Addressing Student Needs

On October 13th, the Campus Hunger-Free Task Force sent out a campus-wide survey to assess students’ experience with food insecurity. Since the US Government Accountability Office reported that insufficient food and housing is one of the biggest barriers to success for college students nationwide, we know that need has increased on all levels for food access as well as housing security during the pandemic. We want to learn more about the current needs of our campus community and how best we can meet and exceed those challenges to ensure all of our students have access to success while enrolled at Montclair State. This survey is just one step towards enhancing our services for students who may be experiencing food insecurity on the Montclair State University campus.

In addition to the survey, the team will host tabling events during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 13-21, 2021, providing informational materials and demonstrations for attendees.

Finally, we are excited to report that our Complete Streets Resolution will be put before the Board of Trustees at their October 29th meeting. We anticipate that it will be approved and look forward to sharing the good news at the Grantee Celebration Meeting on November 18th!
After the resolution is approved, we will work to finalize the official policy document and accompanying project checklists, as well as creating a landing page for Complete Streets at Montclair State.

About the Grantee

Montclair State University

The team at Montclair State is based out of the Division of University Facilities and the Campus Community Garden. We're combining efforts on this grant project to improve food security and pedestrian safety on campus. Our core team consists of Adeline Cochran, Sustainability Coordinator and Chris Snyder, MPH, Garden Founder/Coordinator.