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Employees cook up support for students who face hunger Photo: Jocelyn Hsu

“I, like many folks, came to college

two campaigns in December of 2015

to get out of poverty,” said Anthony

and 2016, staff gave nearly $14,000

Carrasco ’18 in an October PBS

in gift cards, providing groceries to

“NewsHour” story. Instead, he often

approximately 425 students.

skips meals to save money — putting the struggle to meet basic needs ahead

In a related effort, University Development

of his studies.

and Alumni Relations recently raised $3,200 for the campus Food Pantry,

Unfortunately, Carrasco, the first in his

which reportedly served three times the

family to attend college, is not alone.

number of students in 2016 than it did in

An estimated 39 percent of Cal

the previous two years. The pantry also

undergraduates recently reported

drew overwhelming attention during

lacking consistent access to nutritious

November’s Big Give, raising nearly

food — a growing problem as fees,

$17,000 (see pg. 18).

textbook costs, and living expenses increase. The university is investing in

Wrote one pantry visitor, “Coming from a

efforts to ensure its students are food

family that struggles to make ends meet,

secure, and employees are stepping

it is nice to be able to focus clearly on

up to help.

school without the worry of where and when my next meal will come.”

Cal Nourish, which collects gift cards for local supermarkets, launched last

Reflecting the compassion of the Berkeley

year to assist students during the winter

workforce, such efforts send a message to students that they are not alone. ■

break, when financial aid halts. In just


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