The College of Liberal Arts and the University Interfaith Center Respond to Student Hunger: The CLA Student Bounty Brown Boxes

January 31, 2012

In the fall 2011 semester, a CSULB student who heads an on-campus student group fostering both HIV/AIDS and alcohol/drugs prevention noticed that students were coming to her office hungry. Taking advantage of the available, though limited, means of assistance, she gave them coupons and access to local food banks. Once news that there are CSULB students who go hungry reached members of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), discussion about how to respond to this problem led to creation of a generous program: The CLA Student Bounty Brown Boxes. In collaboration with the University Interfaith Center,  CLA asks faculty, staff, and students to donate easy to eat, on-the-go food items to students who go hungry each week.

To donate, please place food in the Bounty Brown Boxes located in the following department offices:

The Department of Anthropology (FO3 305)

The Department of Communication Studies and The Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures (AS 309)

The Department of English (MHB 419)

The Department of Geography (LA4 106)

The Department of History (FO2 106)

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (SS/PA 204)

The Department of Psychology (PSY 100)

The College of Liberal Arts in the Dean’s Office (workroom)

Learning Alliance (LA4 202)

Every other week, CLA student assistants will collect the items in the boxes and deliver them to the Interfaith Center (BH 178). The Center has a refrigerator and a microwave, so please do not donate any items that require “cooking.” The Center has a welcoming lounge and several tables.

Student organizations and faculty are encouraged to make students aware that food is available at the Center Monday through Thursday between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Students will be asked to sign a log-in sheet in order to collect data for presentation to University Student Services in hopes of inspiring additional support.