Free Food Opportunities to Help Students
Author: Committee for Improving Student Food Security
Posted: March 25, 2015

In an effort to continue to reduce student food insecurity on campus and bring more fresh food options to students, the PSU Committee for Improving Student Food Security (CISFS) has created special partnerships for two new exciting opportunities for Portland State University (PSU) students.

Starting this April, the CISFS and the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) will bring Harvest Share to PSU. Harvest Share is a program through the OFB that brings free fresh fruits and vegetables in a farmers market-type setting to different locations around the community. The PSU Harvest Share site is the first in location in downtown Portland. If successful, the CISFS will continue to host Harvest Share once a month at PSU.

When: Monday, April 13 at Noon
Where: Park Blocks outside Shattuck Hall
Who: Anyone is encouraged to come. Please bring reusable shopping bags. Distribution is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Contact: Email for more information.

In addition, the CISFS has also partnered with the Multnomah County Department of Human Services Community Services Division to have an Outreach Specialist at PSU two-three times per week to assist eligible PSU students in signing up for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP) and other benefits through the county or connect them with benefits within outlying counties. This will take place in the Center for Student Health & Counseling (SHAC).

When: Office hours begin March 30, 2015. Visit the CISFS webpage for specific hours.
Where: SHAC Health Promotion & Education Suite, University Center Building, Suite 307
Who: All are welcome. Assistance is on a walk-in basis.

Visit the CISFS website for more information on either partnership or on the Committee for Improving Student Food Security. Created in 2014 the CISFS is an integral element of a sustainable and equitable Portland State University community. The CISFS seeks to improve PSU students’ ability to access affordable, nutritious, culturally relevant food. This will be achieved through fostering community partnerships, increasing awareness, addressing barriers through policy advocacy, and using data to inform and build capacity for action.