Earlier this fall, we officially opened a service and resource for food insecure students here on our campus. The Trojan Food Pantry, now open in Parkside Apartments, aims to provide healthy, nutritious options for those who are going hungry during their studies at USC.
We are still collecting numbers regarding food and housing insecurity at our school, but early numbers demonstrate that there is a significant need for additional resources to protect students. In the 2 months since launch, there have been an average of 65 visits a day. A previous campus survey suggests that as many as 1,200 students are experiencing homelessness.
The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments (USG & GSG) are working hard to continue identifying these issues and needs, and we are gaining more support than ever. For the first time in 4 years, the Board of Trustees, senior administration, and alumni are truly listening and offering their help.
Currently, we are looking for student volunteers to aid with daily operations. Come visit us to see how students are caring for other students!!
If you’re interested to learn more about the history of the pantry and how it’s currently being run, enjoy the info-graphic below!