Feeding Western works to alleviate hunger and food insecurity on campus by providing greater access to food resources and reducing barriers to access
Student Food Pantry
- Birnam Wood Building 101, at the Front Desk
- Call ahead of time to check on stock and hours, bring your WWU ID
- Outside of VU 511
- Includes personal care items and clothing, too!
- Shopping style–take what you need
- Open during Viking Union building hours
Journalism Pop-Up Pantry
- In Communications Facility, across from Room 257
- Includes menstrual products!
- Shopping style–take what you need
- Open when the Journalism Department is open
Swipe Out Hunger
- Forms are open for Winter 2020!
- If you applied and are eligible but have not received swipes, unfortunately it means we do not have any meal swipes available to allocate at the moment. We will keep your application and let you know as soon as swipes are available to allocate to your account. You do not need to apply again; you should only apply again if you’d like to receive more swipes
- Questions? Please reach out to us, we’d be happy to help
- More information
Off-Campus Food Resource Links and PDFs:
- Bellingham Food Bank (site)
- Food and Meal Resources in Whatcom County PDF (English and Spanish)
- Tutu’s Free Food Hotline (automated recording): (360)788-7328
- Maple Alley Inn
- Lighthouse Mission Meals
Whatcom Asset Building Coalition
- Lighthouse Drop-In Center
- Lighthouse Mission Shower
- Northwest Youth Services
- Emergency Weather Shelters
- Emergency Shelter Hotline (automated): (360)788-7983
- Whatcom County Crises Services (site)
Whatcom Voice of the Animals Food Bank
Help us address food (in)security on our campus! As a volunteer, you will gain experience working in the area of food security and/or food systems on campus. If you are very interested in being involved but cannot commit right now, please let us know so we can email you notifications for volunteer opportunities. Send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Volunteer” to get more information!
Food Insecurity at Western
71% of respondents (n=289) reported that they cut the size of meals or skipped meals because there wasn’t enough money for food.
37% of respondents indicated weight loss due to not having enough money for food.
In 2017, students successfully collaborated with Western’s Office of Survey Research to produce data that confirmed the prevalence of food insecurity among Western Students. This was the first time that data about the issue of food security has been collected on Western’s campus, and the results confirmed the need for a university-level response. Some of the more startling findings of the survey highlight the variety of disparities in the experiences of food-insecure students:
- 8.6% of undergrad students classified as having very-low food security;
- 15.6% of undergrad students have experience involuntary weight loss due to a lack of food;
- Students classified as very-low food secure have a reduced GPA, on average, of .449 when compare to their food-secure peers;
- Students classified as having very-low food security see a 6% reduction in reenrollment rates when compared to their food-secure peers;
- 57% of college students eligible to receive SNAP are not accessing the resource.
Note that due to the design of the survey, administered only to second-year and graduating students, there may be students severely impacted by food insecurity who have dropped out of college before they were able to participate in the survey. Students from low-income backgrounds and those from marginalized identities are disproportionally impacted by food insecurity. Feeding Western is working with campus and community partners to bring an end to student food-insecurity.
Links to Data