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Action Item: Address food security issues within the student community


The Action Item is part of Clark’s continuous work.

The Action Item is part of Clark’s continuous work.

Develop programs to address food security issues within the Clark student community.


Updates as of March 30, 2022

Updates as of Oct. 14, 2021

  • An emergency fund has been created to address financial and food insecurity needs of students in a more proactive and streamlined way. Contact the CARE team for details.

Updates as of June 8, 2021

  • Swipe Out Hunger is a new program created to support Clark students who are experiencing food insecurity. Under the program, a set number of meal swipes are deposited into a student’s Clark ID account, free of charge. A one-month pilot that ended on June 4 demonstrated the need for, and the impact of, the program: over 50 students were served and almost 300 meals were allocated; 148 meals were donated by faculty and staff. The program will continue in the fall when meal plans resume.

Updates as of June 8, 2021

  • Thanks to student-led efforts, the FIRM Food Pantry has been open throughout the spring semester and been regularly restocked with fresh produce and food, as well as personal necessities. The food pantry is providing an essential service to many within the Clark community. Through the end of May, there were over 240 visits to the food pantry by 120 unique participants. Because of its success and the important difference it is making, the University is committed to finding a permanent home for the food pantry so that it will continue operating. More details will be shared before the beginning of the fall semester.