Addressing Food Insecurity and Basic Needs Among UC Students: What Can Berkeley do?

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Historically most people are under the false belief that tuition and fees is the most expensive aspect of cost of attendance. And that has never been true... What has always been true is that cost of living has always been the most expensive aspect.
Ruben E. Canedo

Event Description:

The latest systemwide data from the UC Institutional Research & Academic Planning team at the UC Office of the President confirms that 39% of undergraduates and 23% of graduates at UC Berkeley are experiencing food Insecurity. Additionally, 5% of undergraduates and 6% of graduate students self-report experiencing homelessness at some point during the academic year.

At this event we discussed the full student experience data, learned about Berkeley's Basic Needs model, and to explored how we, as campus faculty and administrators, could help make a difference through our teaching, research, and work.


*Lorrene Ritchie, executive director, UC Nutrition Policy Institute

*Suzanna Martinez, UC senior researcher with the UC Nutrition Policy Institute

*Ruben E. Canedo, UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee chair