More About Our Journey
Student LunchBox has a long-term vision of contributing to increased graduation rates among all students. Food insecurity is one of the main reasons students exit academia to obtain employment while leaving their degrees incomplete. SLB is an essential resource for those who need our services the most.
The problem Student LunchBox is commited to solve.
Over the course of several years, student food insecurity, otherwise known as campus hunger, has increasingly become a widely known issue in California and many other states. Raising tuition and the cost of living creates many challenges for students, negatively affecting their academic achievements. Every Year, thousands exit academia, leaving their degrees incomplete so they can focus on supporting their families financially. Student LunchBox is a new initiative that is working towards solving this problem in our communities.
Contributions to SLB's services are a small cost compared to the cost of ignoring campus hunger and its dire influence on students' future and their career achievements.
We have an opportunity to solicit foods and essentials from participating retailers, wholesalers, farmers' markets, and restaurants. Products include perishable produce including fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, etc., dry, nonperishable produce, cold, semipermeable, canned goods, water, and nonalcoholic beverages. In other words, we solicit everything that feeds a student.
Boarding and living essentials include hygiene products, bed and bath supplies, room supplies, school supplies, and more.
For our parent students, we solicit baby wipes, diapers, clothing, and other necessities that help provide for their children while obtaining their degrees.
Limitation and Sustainability
Student LunchBox does not impose any limitation on the available supply. We have the goods and the students need them. The food surplus, or the foods that need immediate disbursement due to nearing expiration dates, will be distributed on the same data or donated to local social services and other charitable organizations. No food goes to landfills on our watch.
The consequences of food insecurity
Poor performance and lower grades
Decrease in graduation rates
Discouragement to pursue higher education
Increase in student loans and credit card debt
Issues with employment due to lack of a degree
Poverty and homelessness in severe cases
Our partner services and long-term goals
Student LunchBox works directly with other partners who are excited to support our mission. Currently, we work with a community mental health organization that provides discounted mental health sessions to all participating students.
We are in process of partnering with restaurants to launch our Restaurant Voucher Programs (RVP) that allow students to secure additional meals.
In the future, we aim to participate in gleaning, which will help us collect leftover and unsold produce from farmers directly and feed students while reducing waste.
All low-income college students qualify to receive services from Student LunchBox. The program does not impose any qualification criteria other than proof of current academic enrollment status. Students must present a valid student ID and a copy of enrollment verification. The program is designed for the low-income student population; however, we understand that low-income status is based on many factors. Thus, no one in our organization or partner organizations will ever turn any student away who is experiencing food insecurity or hunger, including students who don't qualify.
All participating students must register with SLB to receive goods.
Currently, our partner colleges and universities have their own eligibility criteria.