Fighting Food Insecurity in the UNL Community

Thursday, November 11, 2021
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Students sitting in a circle painting flower pots.
Students sitting in a circle painting flower pots.

Food for Thought is a food insecurity and nutrition education outreach program serving the Lincoln, Nebraska community. We seek to provide resources for those in need by connecting them with organizations and programs in the community such as local food pantries, including the Husker Food Pantry, Food Fort, and Catholic Social Services. We also connect those in need to mutual aid programs such as the Everett Free Grocery Program. One of our main partners is the Student Organic Farm, and we encourage members to volunteer, as volunteers receive free produce as well as valuable hands-on experience. We also partner with Produce from the Heart and provide volunteering opportunities where volunteers learn how to harvest produce. As for research, we are currently still developing a questionnaire, but we would seek to ascertain the state of food insecurity and dietary patterns of UNL students as well as in the greater Lincoln community. We are working with the Nutrition and Health Sciences department to recruit pre-dietetics students for this project. Finally, we seek to provide monthly plant-based cooking classes free to UNL students and our non-student members. In the future, we would like to receive funding from the UNL Greenfund grant to continue with our work in a more sustainable way. Food insecurity is a prevalent issue within our campus community and in the greater Lincoln community, and we seek to remedy this as best we can.