We understand that while the Student Food Pantry is an important resource for students, it does not address the root issues of poverty and food insecurity. It's important to work towards Food Justice .
Food Justice: Communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat food that is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals.
Through the food pantry and related initiatives, we are committed to further educating the GVSU community about classism on campus while striving to meet the diverse needs of students.
Women's Center staff developed a food justice presentation during the 2012-2013 academic year and continually present this to departments and groups that are interested in hosting a food drive. This outreach and education seeks to address the systemic causes of food insecurity and raise awareness about food justice. If you're interested in this presentation, contact Sharalle Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.331.2748.
Furthermore, the Women's Center actively participates in campus and community-wide initiatives addressing food justice, including Hunger Action Week, a community-oriented awareness week that highlights components of hunger and poverty in our community.