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Food Access Coalition

On Feb. 19, 2011, the University of Richmond hosted its first Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event. A dedicated leadership team of students, faculty, and staff came together in September 2010 to begin planning for a campus-wide service event. Their hard work culminated in $5,000 raised and 20,000 meals packaged in less than three hours by 101 volunteers representing more than 10 campus organizations.  The meals sent abroad encourage families to send their children, especially girls, to school.

Since the first Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event, the leadership team has continued to explore issues of global and local hunger.  Planning for the fourth annual meal packaging event is underway. It will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  As part of the broader effort to educate the UR community on the reality of hunger worldwide, the leadership team will also host a Hunger Banquet in the fall semester.  This event is a simulation to demonstrate poverty and food inequities around the world.  

Local statistics:

  • 8.6% of Virginian households faced food insecurity in 2006-8. (USDA, Economic Research Report, Nov 2009)
  • The poverty rate in Richmond is 21.4%
  • 550,000 people in VA receiving food assistance in 2009 (Times-Dispatch)
  • 18% increase in food stamp use in Richmond in 2009 (Times-Dispatch)
  • Richmond-area localities seeing more than 40% increases in 2009 (Times-Dispatch)
  • Since 1999, participation in free and reduced price school lunch programs has risen over 60% in VA
  • Only 18% of children receiving free or reduced price school lunches during the school year participate in summer meal programs (Times-Dispatch)

More information about hunger relief and prevention:

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