Haven from Hunger: A service learning and community development project at Eastern Oregon University
Long-term project goals
- Increase community and household food security and alleviate hunger. About one in seven area residents experiences chronic food insecurity (uncertainty of supply) or hunger.
- Build social capital. Haven from Hunger seeks to work with those already working on this problem, to strengthen community food networks and campus/community collaboration on hunger-related, food-producing and poverty reduction activities.
- Build a student-run organization to coordinate and manage the project.
Project objectives. We seek to address our goals by:
- Working with community partners, providers of food assistance and food production/provision (e.g., gleaning).
- Raising awareness of the local problem and reducing the stigma of receiving/seeking food assistance.
- Finding meaningful ways to involve those experiencing hunger and food insecurity in our activities.
- Integrating student participation via curricular and extracurricular means.
- Conducting research that illuminates local food security and hunger issues and identifies service learning opportunities.
- Create a process for soliciting broad-based participation among community partners, local farmers and gardeners, faculty (including Oregon State University agriculture and OHSU nursing programs), students, administration and people affected by food insecurity;
- Build a student run organization with faculty oversight
- Collect information on local hunger to help better identify community needs;
- Develop projects driven by local input and perceived need of participating parties;
- Develop a curricular mechanism for connecting service learning opportunities with developing and ongoing projects, to ensure adequate student participation to support projects;
- Use the development of the organization itself as a service learning project;
- Strengthen social capital and networks of food and hunger aid in the area.
- Student-driven with faculty oversight
- Community engagement
- Ensuring continuity
- Participatory planning
- Complement (and thus learn) what others do, not duplicate effort
- Strives to understand and communicate tot he community the meaning of hunger and food insecurity from those who experience it
- Social capital building (building relationships with local businesses, schools, food aid providers and community members)
- Sustainability–projects need to seek means to sustain themselves, identify stakeholders
- Addressing multiple goals (initiatives not only address local problems but provide opportunities to strengthen classroom learning, raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity, increase donations, etc.)
- Use of research to illuminate problems and evaluate the impact of collective efforts
For more information on Haven from Hunger, contact Bill Grigsby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linda Jerofke (email@example.com).