College addressing food insecurity on campus
A college in the region has launched a new program to address student food insecurity.
Starting this month, students enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College have access to free groceries through the college’s new Valley Food Share program.
The program provides fresh seasonal produce grown locally and sourced through the college’s Food Innovation Center, as well as non-perishable items through the nonprofit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.
Also included are recipe cards with healthy go-to meal ideas, based on the ingredients in each share.
Local suppliers donating seasonal produce and dairy products include Crisp Country Acres in Holland, MOO-ville Creamery in Nashville and Joe's Farm in Schoolcraft.
“A significant number of Kalamazoo Valley students experience food insecurity every day,” KVCC President Marshall Washington said. “This issue deeply impacts students’ educational efforts and outcomes. For some students, food insecurity can lead to choosing between buying groceries and paying for classes. Valley Food Share organizers hope to eliminate having to make that choice.”
A limited number of shares will be available every Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis. Distribution sites will alternate between the Texas Township and Arcadia Commons campuses.
Students must show a valid student identification card to participate.
Certain food donations to Valley Food Share are always accepted. Donors can email foodshare at kvcc dot edu for more information or view the program’s poster.