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This website was developed to provide a centralized source of information regarding healthy and sustainable food options at UCSB and in the local community. We hope to highlight services and resources to help students, staff, and faculty access and choose healthy food options.  This site also serves as a hub for learning about the campus food justice movement and efforts to reduce food insecurity and create a more sustainable and just food system. 

The website was developed and launched by the Food Security Communications Team of the UC Global Food Initiative. The UCSB Health and Wellness Program and SIS&T department will provide ongoing management of the site. 

History

Students have been at the forefront of food justice issues at UCSB starting with the Associated Students Food Bank back in 2011.

In July 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano announced the UC Global Food Initiative (UC GFI), a university system-wide effort to identify innovative best practices in all aspects of the food system locally and globally. 

Through this initiative, a survey was conducted which determined that 42% of students who participated in the survey were food insecure. 19% of students surveyed were found to be very food insecure, meaning that they skipped some meals due to lack of funds. 23% were found to have low food security, meaning that they were eating less nutritious options due to a lack of funds to afford healthy foods. To address this pressing issue, President Napolitano asked each campus to create a Food Security Taskforce to develop a plan and implement measures to reduce food insecurity among UC students. The Food Security Communications Team is one sub-committee of the Food Security Taskforce.