Every day, between 20-25% of college students struggle with finding ways to make ends meet and supply themselves with adequate food (1). But the impacts of food insecurity are not as straightforward as just an empty stomach. Food insecurity has also been found to lead to hurdles such as an inability to purchase textbooks, pay for housing, or forcing students to drop classes (1). And food insecurity doesn't stop with graduation. In the Minnesota-Dakotas region, over 10% of households experience food insecurity regularly, impacting adults and children alike (2). Hunger and malnutrition are national-scale issues, but there are many local solutions. To combat this issue, the Minnesota-Dakotas Circle K District Board has decided to launch its district-wide project in support of the organization Students Team Up to Fight Hunger (STUFH), a non-profit "devoted to assisting and inspiring food drives at colleges across the country" to alleviate food insecurity (3). In the past two decades, STUFH has led to 5 million pounds food being raised on college campuses, and we look forward to contributing to that total. That said, the district board's selection of STUFH for its district project does not narrow the focus of food insecurity relief to only food drives. Rather, we hope to both raise awareness and encourage participation in any type of volunteering efforts such as meal serving or assisting food pantries that help to alleviate food insecurity issues.
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By combining the energy and effort of all Circle K clubs in the district, we will be able to make an impact far greater than any individual person or group. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or questions you would like to contribute to this project, please do not hesitate to reach out to any district board member." - Jackson Traas, District Governor