Emergency Meal Fund
In fall 2017, the University of Maryland Counseling Center Research Unit conducted a study to determine levels of food insecurity in graduate and undergraduate students.
The survey showed that 20% of students had low food security or very low food security. Students who reported they were food insecure were likely to report a number of other challenges such as poorer physical health, lower self-esteem, and higher levels of distress, anxiety, depression, anger, and loneliness, compared to their counterparts.
The Emergency Meal Fund (EMF) is a SGA-funded program formed in order to help these students. The SGA has allocated $5,000 which will provide over 166 cards, which is over 1,660 meals, to students who have very low food insecurity. EMF offers students 10 dining hall meal swipes on a card to use and these cards will be distributed to several offices on campus to ensure fast distribution to the students in need. Campus staff will identify students in need based on the serious nature of their financial, personal, and/or housing situation.
Identifying Factors of Food Insecurity
Food insecurity can be identified by many factors, including:
Worrying that food will run out
Purchasing food that goes bad too quickly and not being able to afford more
Eating less than desired in order to save it
Not eating for fear of running out of food
Not being able to afford balanced meals
Any of the above occurring longer than three months