Welcome to Feeding Western!
The Feeding Western Program offers a variety of information, resources, and services to help students experiencing food insecurity. This program is a direct response to the need among student and staff at Western for more resources to fight food insecurity. It has become increasingly difficult for students to juggle the costs of living with the costs of obtaining a university degree, meaning having to choose between spending money on food or the costs of college. This is part of a campus-wide food security effort.
Please see the community resources page for a list of up-to-date food resources in the Bellingham community.
It can be challenging to do your best in class if you have trouble meeting basic needs like having a warm and safe shelter, having access to food, eating regularly, access to wellness services, and more. Chances are, you or someone you know has experienced a time where accessing and affording food or rent or tuition was not possible.
Feeding Western is a program on campus that is aimed at reducing food insecurity and hunger on campus. We are a new program — only in our second year! Feeding Western helps facilitate Swipe Out Hunger, food drives, donates to the food pantries, and collaborates with other folks on campus to further address food insecurity. If you are looking for printable resources, please see our Community Resources. They may be updated over time.
We believe that all people deserve access to affordable, and nutritious food. We hope not only to develop new solutions, but also to support others on campus who have been working on this issue.
- GAO Report (2018)
- 2017 WELS Second-Year survey (2017) Food insecurity screening questions are questions 82 and 83
- Hunger On Campus (2016)
- HOPE Lab Survey: Still Hungry and Homeless in College (April 2018)