– Food Insecurity Fund: Solving a TU Problem–

Over 5,000 Towson University students are food insecure. Food insecurity means “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year,” according to a definition from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Food Insecurity Support Fund, created by the President’s Leadership Institute Class of 2015-2016, helps lessen some of this burden for TU students. The fund deposits up to $50 on a student’s TU OneCard, which they can use to purchase a meal in campus dining halls.

“So far, we have served 23 students and provided $900 in meals,” says Christina Olstad, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, who manages the fund. “Providing support to food-insecure students has an immediate impact on students and their Towson University experience.”

Students who approach Olstad for meal assistance are also referred to FoodShare, a Towson University food bank, for long-term assistance. “I would like every member of our campus community to know about the Food Insecurity Fund and to refer students who are experiencing food insecurity.

Ideally, I hope we can alleviate food insecurity from our campus,” Olstad says.

To support this fund, visit www.towson.edu/GiveToFoodInsecuritySupportFund