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More Than 40 Percent of Students Struggle to Put Food on The Table at California State University Campuses

Published September 3, 2018

Long Beach State University Students to Participate in ‘Feed a Need’ Drive to Help Food Insecure Classmates 


LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2018) – Food insecurity is a growing issue throughout California State University campuses. In an effort to help students in need, Long Beach State University provides students struggling to put food on the table with prepaid meals and pantry supplies through the ‘Feed a Need’ campus initiative.  

The aim of the initiative is to help Long Beach Campus students who are part of the estimated 37.7 percent of students reporting food insecurity, according to the California State University study on Basic Needs. During previous Feed a Need drives, students donated more than 1,300 meals to help fellow classmates. 

“Long Beach State students model the way of support, and are an example for the entire California State University system,” says Jeff Klaus, associate vice president for Student Life.

Students can make donations at any of the campus’ three dining halls. The Forty-Niner Shops will match the first 300 donations. Feed a Need started in 2015.


Long Beach State University’s Basic Needs Program.
Feed a Need food drive to help students who identify as food insecure at Long Beach State University.
Sunday, Sept. 9 to Saturday, Sept. 15.
All three dining halls on campus.
Jeff Klaus
Associate Vice President for Student Life 
Rashida Crutchfield
Principal Investigator of food insecurity study
562-985-2109 form of contact)



About the campus:
Long Beach State University is a teaching-intensive, research-driven university committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate degrees critical for success in the globally minded 21st century. Annually ranked among the best universities in the West and among the best values in the entire nation, the university’s eight colleges serve more than 37,500 students. The campus values and is recognized for rich educational opportunities provided by excellent faculty and staff, exceptional degree programs, diversity of its student body, fiduciary and administrative responsibility and the positive contributions faculty, staff, students and more than 300,000 alumni make on society.