Tanner Folvag, Feeding Western Coordinator ; AmeriCorps VISTA
Feeding Western aims to influence social and economic sustainability on Western’s campus, serving the community in the following ways:
- Reduce Barriers — Feeding Western will support a variety of programs that provide students access to healthy, fresh, and local, when possible, foods at little to no cost to the student.
- Advance Research — Feeding Western will advance the efforts of research that examines food insecurity on Western’s campus, as well as among students as a whole.
- Educate Community — Feeding Western will have an active presence on campus and in the community with the goal of making food security an issue that is understood, discussed, and ultimately resolved on Western’s campus. We aim to utilize education as a tool to eliminate the stigma that exists around food insecurity.
Over the past several years, the issue of food insecurity and its prevalence on Western’s campus has been a topic of research and dialogue among students, staff, and faculty. Feeding Western began in the summer of 2018 as the result and recognition of the need to alleviate food insecurity among students on our campus. The program is housed in Western’s Office of Sustainability and is coordinated by an AmeriCorps service member. This funding for this position is the product of a partnership with Washington Campus Compact, an organization that utilizes AmeriCorps VISTA members to promote health and STEM based initiatives on campuses state-wide.