UNA Part of Statewide Coalition to Address Hunger on Campus

Sep. 20, 2019

FLORENCE, AL The University of North Alabama is part of a 10-university coalition tasked with addressing student hunger on college campuses. Each university is collecting data and creating campus-based groups designed to make food options more available and inclusive.

Bethany Green, the Assistant Director for Leadership and Volunteerism at UNA, said there are more than 200 visits by students to the pantry throughout a semester.

Whether that need is consistent or just a one-time situation, the fact that were able to provide a much-needed resource is so important,she said. There is no doubt that the need for food assistance is great, and it only continues to increase. Addressing food insecurity is a major part of contributing to the well-being of their lives as college students and as individuals.

At UNA, the number of students who face food insecurity has been steadily increasing, according to Holly Underwood, the University Case Manager.

Food insecurity impacts a students ability to focus in the classroom and to complete requirements for class,she said. Students can become increasingly worried and consumed by efforts to secure basic needs on a daily basis. Our ability to provide resources for food and other basic needs ensures that our students are given the full opportunity to the college experience and the ability to be successful both in and out of the classroom.

Other Alabama universities participating in Alabama Campus Coalition include: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Auburn University, Jacksonville State University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of South Alabama. Data collected on each of these campuses will be compiled to formulate a plan to alleviate hunger among college students statewide.

To donate to the UNA food pantry, log on to www.una.edu/foodpantry.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is

located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/