QU Community in the Media
Working to reduce hunger and support food recovery in our community
Quinnipiac and Haven’s Harvest formally announced a new partnership that will help reduce hunger and support food recovery in Hamden.
Quinnipiac Dining, which oversees food services at the university, is now donating its excess food directly to Hamden residents through Haven’s Harvest, a nonprofit organization that currently provides food to those facing food insecurity throughout Greater New Haven. Quinnipiac students will volunteer to help distribute the food throughout Hamden.
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Quinnipiac and Hamden get into the Halloween spirit
Nearly 1,000 members of the Quinnipiac and Hamden community came together for Boomer’s Annual Boo Bash on October 26, 2019, on the Mount Carmel Campus. The free event, hosted by the university, was full of Halloween-inspired treats for kids and electronic recycling and document shredding for adults.
Hamden Hunger Project
Hamden Hunger Project
Food insecurity — the lack of reliable access to food — isn’t just a problem in America’s cities and impoverished pockets of Appalachia. It’s a problem everywhere, including Hamden.
In a 2019 study commissioned by the United Way of Greater New Haven, researchers learned nearly 1-in-8 adults and 1-in-6 children in Hamden experience food insecurity. Other numbers were just as alarming. Almost 42 percent of Hamden’s schoolchildren were eligible for free or reduced lunch during the 2016-17 academic year.
For a long time, these statistics lived on anonymous spreadsheets. But a collaboration between the School of Communications and the New Haven Independent website shed light on them. Suddenly, the Hamden Hunger Project was born.Read our Quinnipiac Magazine cover story
“Hunger in Hamden” podcast series
For School of Communications students studying community-based journalism with professors Amy Walker and Courtney Marchese, a class assignment became a social awakening, a platform to tell stories with meaningful data, authentic voices and humanity. The following three podcast episodes focus on this important issue, and the project.
The above episodes were produced by Professor Ben Bogardus as a special initiative to kick off the first of many community-focused podcasts. A more extensive calendar of episodes will follow.