In recent years, poor economic conditions have increased food insecurity in Washington. Washington’s rising rate of food insecurity exceeds that of the rest of the nation, making it 15th most food insecure in the nation. It is estimated that 25% of children in Washington belong to households that are at risk for hunger.
The Office of Intercultural and Civic Engagement has established two programs, Backpacks of Hope and Food Salvage, to give students an active role in alleviating hunger in Tacoma. Opportunities to volunteer both as a campus group and as an individual are available.
Backpacks of Hope is the University of Puget Sound chapter of St. Leo’s Backpacks program, which provides food over the weekend to Tacoma public school children who are at-risk for hunger.
Food Justice is a program that works in collaboration with Dining & Conference Services to package and deliver food that would normally go to waste to Guadalupe House each week.
Current University of Puget Sound students interested in these programs may fill out our volunteer intake form here.