CSUB Food Pantry expands and offers fresh produce on Mondays

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - CSU Bakersfield students now have the opportunity to try something fresh.

Last September, the school opened a food pantry as a way to address food insecurity among the campus community. The pantry was a success and organizers found there was a need to bring in fresh produce, so they hosted their first Pop Up Fresh Produce Pantry.

The fresh produce is made possible by donations from Haggin Oaks Farmers Market on Sundays. 

From September through December 2017, there were 927 students who visited the pantry a total of 2,615 times, according to organizers.

"The issue was that a lot of the items at the food pantry were highly processed, starchy and we're trying to feed students brain food," said CSUB Food Pantry coordinator Kassandra Hernandez.  Things that they need that are healthy so they can perform better on their tests in class, so on and so forth."

The pop up pantry is in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente and the Apple Core Project.

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