Term project

Term project: Haven from Hunger

The Anth/Soc Department has been running projects under the the Haven from Hunger initiative for going on 20 years. One of the most enduring projects has been the emergency food bank. Students will need to spend time learning what the food bank does, how it functions, how it is funded, who it serves, and how it could be improved to serve more people, especially EOU students. I will ask this class to come up with a plan for how the food bank could better live up to its goals (see end of syllabus).  We’ll discuss in class, and work with students, alumni and community members who are coordinating these projects. So we will flesh out project requirements early in the term. What you can anticipate is that your grade on this particular part of the course will be based on your individual contribution, as specified in your individual write-up, and on the stated goals of the project groups (i.e., did you set realistic goals and meet them?).

130 pts possible, presentations (worth 30 pts) happen Dec 15 (8-10am, sorry); individual write-ups Dec 13.


Haven from Hunger

This is a project that has been active since 2003. Haven has done a wide variety of projects, but they all fall under the general umbrella of the goals for a student-run, community development initiative:

Long-term project goals:

  1. Increase community and household food security and alleviate hunger. La Grande’s poverty and food insecurity rates (insecurity implies uncertainty of supply) are high, some estimates are near 20% of the population.
  2. Build social capital. HfH seeks to work with those already working on the problem, to strengthen community food networks and campus/community collaboration on hunger-related and food-producing activities.
  3. Build a student-run organization to coordinate and manage the project.

Project objectives:

  • Work with community partners, providers of food assistance and food production/provision (e.g., gleaning).
  • Raise awareness of the local problem and reduce the stigma of receiving/ seeking food assistance;
  • Integrate student participation (using curricular/extracurricular means);
  • Conduct research that illuminates local hunger issues and identifies opportunities for community engagement and public participation.

Haven from Hunger has in recent years focused most efforts on its emergency food pantry. Students have worked on food and non-food drives to ensure an adequate supply of food for clients (in 2017 the pantry has provided more than 900 lbs of food to community members).

Students choosing to work on this project need to specify what they intend to do. You may want to work with our food pantry coordinator, Bridget, in identifying the most pressing needs. Food drive projects should incorporate the following:

  • Identify and justify the project, and how it reflects the goals and objectives of Haven from Hunger.
  • Background–your papers should each provide some context. For instance, an understanding of the problem of hunger and food insecurity, what kinds of services/agencies address those problems, etc.
  • Division of labor–each student should have a section that highlights what each member of your group did. But your own paper will expand on your own activities, and provide the detail necessary to show your level of participation and commitment to the project.
  • Description of project–What did your group set out to do? Identify each component of the project, and detail and justify decisions and choices your group made (e.g., about what kind of food drive to do, how to go about publicizing it (specifics needed here–did you use media? Print? Radio? Web? Campus? Social media? Etc.), where to conduct, how to describe it to participants, any interactions in seeking equipment or donations needed to carry out the food drive, individuals whose approval you needed, etc.
  • Results of your project–Describe how it went, where it may have gone differently than you had expected, if you did a food drive how many pounds collected, what kind of food, observations about the drive itself (people you talked to, for instance if you went door-to-door, or challenges of holding a food drive at an existing event), any follow-up required (cleaning up, rotating inventory in the food pantry, working with Bridget, etc.).
  • Discussion of project–This is where you make observations about how the project went, what could have gone better, what went well, what you learned about the project or working in a small group, etc. Detail in this section as with the others is important in demonstrating your engagement with the project.

Here are some documents related to the project: Brief description, pantry brochure


Group work, individual papers

Each person should turn in a paper of 5-8 pages in length (the usual specs, 1″ margins, 11-12 pt font). Follow the guidelines above for your chosen project. There should be a ‘background’ section, which discusses more generally the area in which you’ve chosen to work (e.g., homelessness, campus sexual assault, food insecurity). I’ll put resources I receive or discover on this page. There should be an ‘action’ section, where you actively participate and plan for activities related to the project. You will each need to document your participation–I expect at least 20 hours of work, from getting organized to writing up your individual papers. And third, you should have a section in which you examine your learning, the impacts on the project of your group’s undertakings, and any insights or suggestions you have, grounded in your research and experiences, as the project(s) moves forward.

100 pts possible (Due Dec 10 by midnight)

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