Food Drive

Photograph of the Earth Day food drive.

Why have a food drive?

  • Combats food waste
  • Reduces food entering the landfills, thereby also reducing methane emissions
  • Reduces water and land waste
  • Helps food insecure students obtain a meal
  • Helps food insecure students obtain a meal
    • 41.6% of CSU students reported being food insecure (Crushfield and Maguire, 2018)
  • Alleviates the repercussions of food insecurity identified by Dubick et al., 2016:
    • 55% weren’t able to buy a required textbook
    • 53% missed a class
    • 25% reported they dropped a class
    • 43% of food insecure meal plan enrollees still experience food insecurity
  • Potentially increases the GPA and graduation rate of food insecure students
  • Raises awareness about the food pantry and food waste

Student Leaders

Spring 2017: Alexandra Mundy, Oanh Tran & Colleen Ulpindo


Colleen and Oanh next to one of the donation collection boxes.


This project had two main goals. The first goal was to raise awareness of food insecurity and food waste via a food habit survey, flyers, green screens, food drives and donation boxes.  The second goal was to gather donations for the food pantry by distributing 8 food boxes across campus and having three separate food drives. One food drive was held on Earth Day at CI, the second food drive was held the Interfaith Community Center in Ventura and third food drive was held at the Broome Library on campus a month after Earth Day. These Spring 2017 leader also proposed an idea to get permanent donation bins distributed throughout campus. The food donation bin idea was later implemented by another group in the Fall 2017.








Examples from three of the six flyers and green screens made for the food drive and Food Pantry.


Video of the Project and Earth Day Event

Results from the Food Drive

The collection boxes are still available and are continuously receiving donations. As of 5/20/17 478 items were collected. 

Graph showing the food donation distribution from only the three food drives.

Graph showing the food donation distribution from items placed in the 8 collection boxes distributed throughout CI.

Results from the Survey

The Food Habit Survey helped shed light on eating habits of CI students and their knowledge of the CI food pantry. From this we can better understand the level of need our students have. To note, of the 65 students who took the survey only 30% indicated they were food insecure.

  • 91% of students are eating most of their food.
  • 71% take home and save leftovers for later.
  • 63% were aware of the existence of the CI food pantry.
  • 83% prefer to get their groceries from the food pantry once a week, rather than on a daily basis.
  • The top two reasons for not using the food pantry among food insecure students was fear of judgment and lack of fresh produce.


Thanks to the following individuals for their support and guidance:

  • Gina Matibag, Administrative Analyst
  • Coleen Barsley, Sustainability & Operations Analyst
  • Alexis Marquez, CI Dolphin Food Pantry Student Ambassador
  • Pilar Pacheco, Managing Director CCE
  • Tiffany Martinez, Capstone Student Volunteer
  • Dr. Leslie Abell, Sociology Professor
  • Ventura Interfaith
  • Dr. Conrad Ulpindo, Director for NEOP-LAUSD
  • Professor Simone Aloisio, Chair of the Chemistry Department


  • Crushfield, R. and Maguire, J. (2018). CSU Basic Needs Initiative: Study of Student Basic Needs January 2018. Retrieved from
  • Dubick, J., Mathews, B., Cady, C. (2016). Hunger on campus: The challenge of food insecurity for college students. Retrieved from On_Campus.pdf