Normandale Community College and LeadMN hosted a ceremony recognizing Normandale's designation as a Hunger Free Campus on October 1.
The festivities included a tour of Normandale's Campus Cupboard, and a ceremony featuring speeches by Normandale President Joyce Ester, Normandale's Lead Experiential Education Coordinator Paige Wheeler, Normandale Student Senate Vice President Daniel Georgioff and LeadMn Student President Axel Kylander will speak as part of a ceremony.
Normandale was designated as a Hunger Free Campus by LeadMn in May 2020. A Hunger Free Campus is a Minnesota State community and/or technical college that is actively taking strides to reduce food insecurity amongst students. In order to be awarded the Hunger Free Campus designation, a campus must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Has a food pantry, partnership with a food bank, or some type of food distribution system on campus available to students.
- Has a designated staff person on campus to educate students on SNAP and other public services aimed to reduce food insecurity. The institution shall notify students in work-study employment of their potential eligibility for SNAP benefits and provide information to those students that includes eligibility criteria and how to apply for benefits.
- Provides emergency funds to assist students who may be experiencing basic needs insecurity.
- Has a taskforce dedicated to addressing food insecurity concerns.
- Hosts or participates in at least one hunger awareness event each year.
LeadMN, an organization that represents the 180,000 two-year college students to help transform their lives and communities.