Triton Food Pantry
As the cost of higher education continues to rise, many UC San Diego students skip meals in order to save money, greatly impacting their health and success on campus. A survey in 2014 indicated ¼ students were skipping meals.
In response to this issue, the Associated Students at UC San Diego created the Triton Food Pantry in February 2015. The mission of the Triton Food Pantry is to provide a service to students in need of food, and ensure that every student has enough energy to get through the day. In 2015, we served almost 200 students per week with a variety of dry goods such as soups, pastas, and grains. Yet that's still not enough. In 2016, it was reported that 20-26% of UC San Diego undergraduate students "... skip meals or cut the size of meals because there wasn't enough money for food."
Today, we serve almost 600 students per week. Through more funding, we’ve been able to bring in weekly produce from an organic farm named the Garden of Eden. In addition to this, we’ve been able to select more nutritious non-perishable goods for our students. To continue combating food insecurity and malnutrition on campus, we need your help. Approximately $7,500 would cover the cost of non-perishable goods for the entire year, funding over 30,000 meals.
Covering the cost of non-perishable food would allow providing more nutritious options for students. We are currently looking into gluten-free/vegan options and starting our own garden this year.
Please support student wellness and success at UC San Diego by giving to the Triton Food Pantry. Thank you for supporting the Triton Food Pantry battle food insecurity on campus!