Food Insecurity

 

In the 2017 MIT Quality of Life Survey, between 2-8% of graduate and up to 13% of undergraduate respondents indicated that they did not have consistent access to food. The Food Insecurity Solutions Working Group (FISWG) was formed in the fall of 2017 to study this problem and to come up with potential solutions. Click here to learn more about the FISWG as well as read a report of their findings.

Some Ongoing campus initiatives to REDUCE food insecurity

  • SwipeShare – a program for students who experience food insecurity to access dining hall meal swipes; students who wish to support SwipeShare can also donate their swipes
  • TechMART – an on-campus, at-cost grocery store
  • Grocery Shuttles to Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods
  • Graduate Student Council’s Costco Card – a shared Costco membership card that can be “checked out” by any graduate student
  • Students with families who are experiencing food insecurity may apply for a Family Food Grant
  • MIT CASE – “Class Awareness Support and Equality” is a student group that works on raising awareness of socioeconomic disparities within the MIT community

These campus initiatives are centered around making food options more convenient, accessible, and affordable. In addition to these services, education about financial literacy can go a long way in helping to reduce food insecurity. Having the skills and knowledge to budget or cook more meals at home can help students save money and eat healthier.

Additional resources

8 Health foods for less
Eating out and cooking on a budget
Grocery shopping hacks
Tips for planning meals
Rich in flavor, not in cost: 10 easy recipes to try

Food insecurity:
a lack of consistent access to food for an active, healthy life