Food Programs


 

Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry

 

The food programs of the Center for Community Engagement and the Volunteer Action Center include the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry (FCP) and Razorback Food Recovery (RFR) which work in tandem to provide food assistance on campus and beyond. FCP was founded in 2011 by a group of students who became aware of their peers’ struggles with hunger. The Pantry has grown from serving 12 people in its first month of operation to serving an average of 200 students, staff, faculty and their households each week. The Pantry benefits from generous support from clubs, departments and individuals in the campus community who donate food, time and funding to the program.

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Razorback Food Recovery

 

The RFR program was created in 2014 by a group of students passionate about the issues of food waste and hunger in our community. According to the EPA, more food reaches landfills than any other material with college campuses accounting for 22 million pounds of food every year in landfills. Meanwhile, 15.3% of Washington Country residents are food insecure. The numbers increase dramatically on campus with 38% of undergraduate students and 48% of graduate students not knowing where their next meal is coming from. Since 2014, RFR has been able to capture over 123,000 pounds of wholesome food, that would otherwise be thrown away, and redistribute it back into our campus and community. 

[1] Feeding America http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/hunger-and-poverty-statistics.aspx

[2] Feed Fayetteville http://www.feedfayetteville.org/about/hunger-data/

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