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Butte Station opens up to CalFresh students to fight food insecurity

Butte Station opens up to CalFresh students to fight food insecurity

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Chico State’s Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry celebrated outside of Butte Station as the popular convenience store became the newest location on campus to allow students to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer card as payment since January.  On Thursday outside the station, volunteers with the ...

CalFresh Outreach at Chico State provides help for starving students

Emily Foxworthy, program manager and student intern coordinator for CalFresh Outreach.
Photo Credit: Emily Foxworthy

Hannah Yeager

September 24, 2017

Being a starving college student used to be the “norm.” After paying rent, PG&E and internet, most students have barely enough money to buy groceries to make healthy and balanced meals. A program called CalFresh has recently partnered with Chico State in order to make a long-term solution...

CalFresh useless on campus

Student volunteers help eligible students fill out CalFresh paperwork so they can enroll in the program. Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan

October 14, 2016

Student volunteers at the Center for Healthy Communities enrolled eligible students in CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, Oct. 12 in an event to raise awareness about food insecurity. “We’re trying to reduce the stigma around it,” said Program Director at the Center for Healthy Communities...

Congressional candidate LaMalfa up for reelection

Congressman Doug LaMalfa of District 1. Photo courtesy of Doug LaMalfa's Campaign Office

Kaylie Lewis

September 12, 2016

California’s District 1 congressional seat will be up for grabs this November. Current chair holder Doug LaMalfa will be running for reelection for a third term in Congress. District 1 consists of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Nevada, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama counties. Student loans, ...

Chico State takes the lead in combating student hunger

Food pantry at the Center for Healthy Communities. Photo credit: George Johnston

Elizabeth Helmer

April 1, 2016

A recent report released by the California State University chancellor's office found 24 percent of students in the CSU system go hungry. That's almost half a million people. According to the report, 12 CSU campuses have no resources for to help their students with food security. Chico Sta...

Food stamp stigma prevents students from seeking government assistance

CalFresh aims to diminish the negative stereotype of food stamps by offering government assistance to students for food. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

Eva Gonzalez

November 16, 2015

  When many people hear the words "food stamps" they may associate them with poverty. However, the CalFresh program aims to boost the economy and help those in need. “People seem to not want to receive aid because there is a negative stigma around food stamps,” said Jenny Breed, h...

State program helps students buy food

CalFresh helps inform students about the opportunity to get healthier food. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

Carly Plemons

October 25, 2015

The Chico State food educational services, Center for Healthy Communities, provided information and application help for students applying to CalFresh on Oct. 21. “My fridge is almost always empty," said Lara Young, sophomore anthropology major. "A lot of times I put other stuff before food when it c...

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