Steady Progress and Good News
Our team was able to meet with our University facilities leadership last month, and our key stakeholders agreed to review our drafted Complete Streets resolution and policy documents for the campus. Our VP was rather supportive of this resolution. With their help, we hope to be able to bring the resolution before the University Board of Trustees before the beginning of the Fall semester in September, if not by the end of July. The university will be experiencing substantial changes in leadership, and we hope to make the pedestrian safety on campus a continued and codified priority. We are expecting students to return to campus largely in-person this Fall, and we plan to make their return as safe as possible.
We additionally just received the news that Montclair State University has been selected as one of the eleven New Jersey colleges and universities to receive the Hunger-Free grant award provided through the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE). The hunger-free campus grants will be a huge help for our university, and for the state as a whole, in beginning to more regularly measure student food needs, provide more support to students for registering for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and otherwise raise awareness to student basic needs and support services. We are very excited for the opportunity to continue our monitoring of student food access, particularly as colleges are preparing for the hopeful return of students this Fall, and our group is very excited about the opportunity to work towards the many goals set out in this funding’s opportunity. Like our goals at formalizing our Complete Streets policy, we look forward to the chance to unify and make permanent all of our individual efforts at addressing student food insecurity across the campus, between our Campus Community Garden, the Food Recovery Network, and the Red Hawk Pantry that both organizations support.
We are all looking forward to working towards the official “Hunger-Free Campus” designation, as our individual groups have been very busy pushing for student food needs during the course of the pandemic.
Information about the funding for Higher Education is found here.
About the Grantee
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.