Meet Yura, Sofie, and Sarina – we sat down with them at the newest “Eat Well Yolo” food distribution! Organized in partnership with the student-run ASUCD Pantry and Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center, Yolo Food Bank launched a new “Eat Well Yolo” food distribution on campus this month. With greater access to weekly groceries at no cost, these UC Davis students and friends have more time and resources to invest in their academic success!
According to survey data collected by a Chancellor-appointed Student Food Security Task Force in 2018, 44% of students on campus indicated experiencing low or very low food security.
Yura (left, group picture) is an international student from Japan studying sustainable agriculture. She expressed her excitement to receive groceries and forge new friendships at the weekly food distribution: “It’s not just food but a whole community where you get to meet people and connect with others!” Sofie (middle, group photo) is a second year transfer student who works part-time at a nearby grocery store: “I see a lot of good food wasted [at my job] so it’s great to see a lot of food brought back to the community.” Sarina (right, group photo) is a clinical nutrition major with a keen interest in community nutrition and food security.
“I really appreciate all the fresh produce that is accessible here, especially because I eat plant-based.”