Using Food Pantries to Address Food Insecurity

About the Presenter

Rachel Schichtl PhD, RD, CFCS is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Central Arkansas and is an Assistant Professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences department. Prior to this role she taught as an adjunct instructor and held a position as program administrator of child obesity research prevention at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She recently completed her PhD at Texas Tech University where her dissertation examined empathy towards food insecurity. While at Texas Tech, Dr. Schichtl also earned a graduate certificate in Youth Development. She has a Masters and Bachelors from the University of Central Arkansas in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition and completed her Dietetic Internship at UCA. She currently directs the undergraduate nutrition program and teaches several senior-level nutrition classes as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in Family and Consumer Sciences.

About the Session

Food pantries are a great way to serve students in need. This session will discuss why food pantries are important on campuses as well as some practical tips on how to set up a successful food pantry on your campus. This presentation will also examine current stats of food insecurity on campuses across the nation. The presentation will examine why food pantries are important and how to go about setting up a food pantry on your own campus if you don't have one. Also included will be tips to encourage food pantry usage by students and ways faculty can utilize the pantry as service-learning projects.


Participants will:
  1. Discuss current statistics and data on food insecurity on college campus
  2. Define "food insecurity".
  3. Identify best practices for setting up a food pantry on college campuses.
  4. Discuss ways to encourage food pantry usage for their students

Professional Development Unit (PDU):  1 CFCS, 1 CNWE


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Presenters: Rachel Schichtl