Recently, some changes have been made to programs like SNAP and other food assistance programs to help anyone who might be struggling to get their basic needs met. But there are other resources on campus you should know about which can help. There is a group on campus called Bronco Basic Needs we owe for this idea, so let’s talk about food insecurity and what resources are available for you to use.
1) Check out the food pantry
In an effort to combat food insecurity on campus, the food pantry was created to help students always have access to food. It’s totally free. There is staff to help you get what you need. All you need is your student ID. That’s it!
2) Know if you qualify for SNAP
If you qualify for SNAP, you will be sent an EBT card, which works much like a debit card, with assistance funds for you to spend on food. The funds must be spent on food and there is a list of all items that do and do not qualify for SNAP benefits. Eligibility has recently changed to include more students, so find out if you now qualify!
3) Download the BEAM Tours app
Part of the functionality of the BEAM Tours app is that you can sign up for free food alerts on campus. If there is leftover or free food available anywhere on campus, you’ll get a notification for it. Keeping students fed and minimizing waste.
4) Follow ideas for meals on a budget
The wonderful BroncoFit team wants to help you get a full belly without breaking the bank. Check out some ideas and recipes for full meals that you can buy or make on a budget (courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture). They have delicious recipes like turkey wraps, fried rice, and taco salad just to name a few.
5) Take advantage of Bronco Eats pantry tips
If you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to start, what to buy, and what to keep in your pantry at all times BroncoFit has some answers for those too (and then some!) They can help you get started with beginner cooking tips, steps for meal planning, and easy, quick recipes as well.
5 ½) Understand that times are tough—give yourself a break
Honestly, so many of us are doing everything we can to get by. Food insecurity is not your fault. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it. Give yourself a hug and use all available resources to you. You deserve to have your needs met.