For every 10 college campuses, approximately 20 percent of enrolled students experience very low food security, according to the national 2016 Hunger on Campus Report. Michigan State University is no exception.

MSU Student Food Bank

Founded in 1993, the MSU Student Food Bank was the first in the nation to be run by students for students.

The MSU Student Food Bank and Oregon State University Food Pantry are co-founders of the College and University Food Bank Alliance that is focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among college and university students in the United States. 

In 2017, the MSU Student Food Bank had 6,000 visits from new and returning students, many with families who typically don't have residence hall dining plans. Food as well as personal care and household items are available.

CANR Snacks for Success

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) academically supports food learning, education and research. We also felt the need to take a more prominent role in alleviating hunger on our own campus.  

In December 2018, CANR distributed 500 care and snack packages to students at two campus locations during exam week. In spring 2019, Snacks for Success food lounges were created in almost every department in the college with food and beverages to fuel students through finals week. These food lounges continue at the ends of semesters to foster a sense of community and support CANR students during exams.

"If we care for the whole student, then the whole-person success will follow."

— Kelly Millenbah, CANR Senior Associate Dean