IV Food Co-Op: Allocate Excess Food to St. Michael's Monday Dinners for the Homeless!

IV Food Co-Op: Allocate Excess Food to St. Michael's Monday Dinners for the Homeless!

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Marissa Erese started this petition to Isla Vista Food Co-Op

Since 2013, the homelessness rate in Isla Vista has reduced by 30%, but since 2016, it has increased by 37%. Although progressive innovations such as PATH Santa Barbara and the Pescadero Lofts are in place, the issue of homelessness in the Isla Vista community prevails and rates has remained stable. 

Despite the homeless’ ability to adapt to the environment around them, one of their biggest struggles lies in maintaining ample food supply.

To combat this problem, St. Michael’s University Church teams up with St. Brigid’s Fellowship and UCSB’s Community Affairs Board to provide free Monday dinners for the homeless. However, these dinners typically consist of foods like pizza or fried chicken which may satisfy the appetites of the homeless but lack the diversity and substantial nutrients that are part of a well-rounded diet.

If the Isla Vista Food Co-Op donated a portion of their excess canned food or close-to-expiration produce, it would bypass St. Michael’s current efforts of providing basic food needs. They currently donate a generous amount to the on-campus Associated Students Food Bank. We believe that even a smaller portion of that amount would make a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of the IV homeless allowing for the incorporation of more grains and vitamins into their diets.

The Isla Vista Food-Co Op vows to lend its services to end food insecurity within the community, but if we want to better our community it entails that they be ready to recognize the nourishment needs of EVERY human being within it, and this includes the homeless.

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