Addressing Food Insecurity in Risley
The Grab n' Go is a new addition to the Risley Community who's focus is providing nourishment and resources to those who may not be able to obtain some otherwise.
The Grab n' Go is a community-based program that safely stores food for free distribution to low-income and needy members of the community.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. It is important to know that though hunger and food insecurity are closely related, they are distinct concepts. Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the household level.
The Grab n' Go emerged from a need vocalized by residential students that were and are existing in a food insecure state. From there, its importance has only continued to grow. As members of the Risley community, we all have a responsibility to be our best selves, which would be difficult without proper nourishment. Our hope is that this amenity alleviate a burden and provide access to food so that we can all be productive members of the community.
In the future, we hope to grow the amenity by incorporating programming and educational resources in conjunction with the Grab n' Go.