In Fall 2014, San Jose State University conducted a food access survey throughout the whole Spartan community. 4,433 community members participated in the survey. I would like to share some of the results from the survey that you might find surprising. One of the survey questions was the following: have you participated in any of the following food assistance programs at any time while enrolled at SJSU?
539 respondents reported that they participate in one of the following food assistance programs: Emergency food from a church, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps.
Another survey question was the following: since August 1st, 2014, I was hungry but did not eat because there was not enough money for food. 308 respondents reported this as often true and 1,368 respondents reported this as sometimes true. Please feel free to check out the rest of the food access survey, as it really proves that many of our own Spartans are facing food insecurity.
Please feel free to check out the rest of the food access survey, as it really proves that many of our own Spartans are currently facing food insecurity. SJSU administrators and leaders have worked tirelessly to address food insecurity within our campus community, in efforts to empower Spartans to succeed academically. They have done so, by providing many different types of resources on-campus.