Anoka-Ramsey Named Hunger Free Campus by LeadMN

Anoka-Ramsey Named Hunger Free Campus by LeadMN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Student Senate President Emily Gangl receives Hunger Free Campus award from LeadMN President John Runningen

April 21, 2023

Anoka-Ramsey Community College welcomed LeadMN and community leaders to its Coon Rapids campus to celebrate its designation as a Hunger Free Campus, Wednesday April 19. 

About LeadMN’s Hunger Free Campus Designation

A Hunger Free Campus is a Minnesota State community and/or technical college that is actively taking strides to reduce food insecurity amongst students. To be awarded the Hunger Free Campus designation, a campus must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Have a food pantry, partnership with a food bank, or some type of food distribution system on campus available to students.
  • Have a designated staff person on campus to educate students on SNAP and other public services aimed to reduce food insecurity.
  • Provide emergency funds to assist students who may be experiencing basic needs insecurity.
  • Have a taskforce dedicated to addressing food insecurity concerns.
  • Host or participates in at least one hunger awareness event each year.

About Anoka-Ramsey’s Campus Food Pantry

“Our food pantry is open to all students with no questions asked,” says Joyce Traczyk, Coordinator of Student Engagement & Activities at Anoka-Ramsey’s Coon Rapids Campus. “Over 37% of college students have experienced food insecurity, meaning they do not have a steady source of food or cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. It is our goal that with our partnership with HOPE for the Community, Anoka-Ramsey Community College will be a hunger-free campus.”

Anoka-Ramsey's Food Pantry is provided in partnership with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization HOPE for the Community. HOPE for the Community is supported by Second Harvest Heartland, a local nonprofit hunger-relief organization.

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