The Food Security Commission aims to educate students on the meaning of food insecurity and destigmatize the narrative around it for students at UCI. It’s difficult to ask students to perform at the highest academic standard possible when they continue to go hungry on a day-to-day basis. Recognizing that access to affordable, nutritious meals shouldn’t be a concern, the commission offers on and off-campus resources, workshops, and initiatives like meal sharing to lessen the burden of food insecurity across the UCI community. Food should be accessible to everyone – no student should ever have to worry about where their next meal will come from. In working with the UCI Basic Needs Center and other campus partners, it’s the role of the Food Security Commission to make sure resources are readily available for our food-insecure Anteaters through collective advocacy, informational workshops, policy initiatives, and more.
The Food Security Commission will also be responsible for advising the President on campus matters related to food insecurity and regularly interfacing with UCI Dining Services. Additionally, alongside the Financial Wellness and Housing Security Commissions, the Food Security Commission will be the primary ASUCI liaison to the Basic Needs Center.