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  •  Cost of a Healthy Meal Research Project

    It has been over two years since the inception of the “Cost of a Healthy Meal” research project in the summer of 2011. Our research team has conducted over 740 interviews thus far and by October 2013 we intend to collect and analyze 800 primary interviews, as well as secure 100 secondary and 100 tertiary follow-up interviews.

    This study is growing in popularity among the SCU campus community which is evident by the increasing amount of student interest in the project. This spring, we received nearly 70 internship applications for 16 internship positions. The first group of interns recently wrapped up their work and the second group has begun training and is eager to start site visits. 

    Our data has been extremely useful in understanding the constraints low-income populations have for obtaining a healthy diet. Statistics show that the average expenditure on food is around $5.93/ day with a high variation of $4.30-$9.52. Regardless of variation, our data shows the majority of individuals within Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are spending more than the $5.37/ day that the USDA claims is sufficient for a healthy diet.

    The research team has grown substantially and is utilizing the different skill sets of our student research assistants.  Stay tuned for a formal update at a later FAI event!


    ~ Update courtesy of Courtney Robinson, Research Assistant and FAI MBA Specialization Student

  •  Hunger Week Recap

    On behalf of FAI and BTGAP, we would like to thank all who were able to participate in Hunger Week for making it such a success!

    Moreover, SCU’s newest club BTGAP had an excellent debut as a club and particularly made last week a success through extensive outreach to students, active Facebook posts of hunger facts, and raising general awareness about Hunger. Here’s a short recap of the week!

    Monday May 20th, Hunger Week kicked off with the documentary “A Place at the Table,” followed by a discussion on current hunger issues in the US. Overall, students took away a much greater awareness of the issue and enthusiasm for the rest of the Hunger Week events.

    On Tuesday May 21st, the inspiring Paul Matteucci spoke on his fascinating venture Feeding10Billion. There was a large showing of students, in which many spoke to Paul after about their own business ideas for sustainable ways to feed the eventual world population of 10 billion.

    Wednesday May 22nd several Santa Clara students, as well as students from a local elementary school, joined forces to bag 300 lbs of dry pinto beans into smaller 4 lb portions to hand out to local farm workers. The beans were distributed out to over 70 farm-working families at a Salinas berry farm this past Monday.

    Finally, an all day fast ending with a feast on Thursday May 23rd concluded Hunger Week. Students wore yellow wristbands all day to raise hunger awareness, and were sure to make the feast later that evening.

    Once again, we can’t thank everyone who participated enough. We hope that everyone was able to take away a heightened awareness of current hunger issues and can’t wait until next year’s Hunger Week!

  •  Hunger Action Summit- January 24th, 2014!

    Please join the Food and Agribusiness Institute and Second Harvest Food Bank for the 6th Annual Hunger Action Summit. The forum will take place on January 24th, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Locatelli Center on the Santa Clara University campus.

    Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Deborah A. Frank, the Founder and Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch. Her research
    interests include examining cumulative risk factors in children’s household, such as food, energy, and
    housing insecurity and their impact on children’s health and development. Dr. Frank will discuss the impact of hunger on children.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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