Twenty percent of students at four-year private colleges struggle to access enough food, according to Hunger on Campus—the first study on food security across American campuses.
“Learning is hard when you’re hungry,” said Ali Stefanik, assistant director of student engagement for diversity and social justice at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “That’s why we’re joining more than 560 schools across the country by launching a free market to fuel student success.”
The Ramily Market opens March 1 in the Kanbar Campus Center to give students in need non-perishable goods and hygiene products for free. No appointment is necessary; customers will just complete some paperwork on their first visit. Students who need access to affordable fresh produce options may be eligible for grocery vouchers for Share Food Programs.
Jefferson faculty, staff and students can support the Ramily Market by spreading the word about the program and keeping an eye out for the Move Out Donation Drive and the Ramily Market Wish List.
“We want to stock the foods our Rams really eat,” Stefanik said. “If you have some extras of wish list items, bring them over.”
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