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KCC Foundation Executive Director
KCC’s Bruin Basket is the First Step in Addressing Food Insecurity on Campus
The College’s Bruin Basket proj- ect addresses food insecurity among students by piloting “snack pantries” at four campus locations in Battle Creek. Each Bruin Basket location includes
a shelving unit stocked with healthy snacks, free for the taking.
The observations and feedback collected during the pilot project will inform the future of the program, in- cluding the possibility of establishing a permanent food pantry on campus.
Bruin Baskets are located in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, the Miller Physical Education Building, and the Whitmore Building on KCC’s North Avenue campus, and at the Regional Manufacturing Technol- ogy Center campus in the Fort Custer Industrial Park.
“By utilizing resources on campus and in the surrounding communities, this will be the first step to holistically addressing food insecurity at KCC,” Ward wrote.
For more information on this project, scholarships and donor engagement, contact the KCC Foundation at (269) 965-4161 or
Food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, which can pose a significant barrier to student success on college campuses. The Bruin Basket initiative was spear- headed by KCC’s Food Insecurity Task Force (FITF), which formed in spring 2019 as the result of College-wide discussion throughout the Fall 2018 semester as employees noted an increas- ing need to meet food insecurities for students.
Kellogg Com- munity College students worried about going to class hungry can rest a little easier thanks to a new initiative launched at KCC.
“Food insecurity is a hardship that millions of people living in the U.S. face. In light of rising tuition costs, it
is no surprise that college students are not immune,” Ward wrote in her grant proposal. “Specifically, community college students face unique challenges, including limited access to consistent and nutritious food. In turn, this natural- ly affects any aspect of a student’s life, including their ability to be a successful student in and outside of the classroom and their chances to graduate.”
As the project facilitator, the KCC Foundation accepts individually-pack- aged nonperishable food items, mon- etary gifts, or gift cards on an ongo- ing basis to keep each location fully stocked. Common items needed for Bruin Basket locations include: Fruit cups, Applesauce pouches, Macaroni and cheese (individual microwaveable containers), Soups or noodles (individ- ual microwavable containers), Cracker sandwiches, Cereal bars, Nutri-Grain bars, Miniature muffins, Miniature boxes of cereal, Oatmeal (individual microwavable containers), Trail mix, Popcorn (individual, pre-popped bags preferred), Granola bars, Assorted nuts, Disposable silverware and bowls.
The formation of the FITF was also based in part on a December 2018 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which reviewed 31 studies of food insecurity among college students and found that 22 of the studies estimated food insecurity rates among students higher than 30 percent.
KCC sociology professor Dr. Megan Ward, on behalf of the FITF, applied for and was awarded a Program Initia- tive Grant from the KCC Foundation
to fund the pilot project that began in June 2019 and runs through May 2020. Several KCC employees, individuals, and companies have also contributed to the project.

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