Argos' edible campus

Food insecurity has been a growing problem on university campuses everywhere in the U.S. Food for a nutritional diet can be a lot harder to come by whether it be because of the cost or basic accessibility. When students at universities don't have reliable access to nutritional and affordable foods, this is called food insecurity. Specifically at UWF, 30% of students perceive themselves as food insecure and the University of West Florida has created some initiatives in order to address this issue. The Argo Pantry is a student-run food pantry that is used to promote food security through donations of canned and preserved goods. The Community Garden at UWF was created under similar pretenses using the integration of food-producing plants into the surrounding landscapes to improve access to food. The Argo Pantry and the community garden are programs already in place to assist students on the Volunteers at the community garden UWF campus but are not Harvesting lettuce yet at the production level needed to effectively combat the food insecurity problem without additional assistance. Argos' Edible Campus serves as this additional assistance. Edible landscapes create a destigmatized way to provide for students and the community in addition to increasing knowledge on food insecurity and how to confront this issue. Argos' Edible Campus was created to further spread the integration of edible UWF student picking out food from landscapes around campus the Argo Pantry so that it may eventually support food security on the university's campus.
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Abstract/Description: Food insecurity has been a growing problem on university campuses everywhere in the U.S. Food for a nutritional diet can be a lot harder to come by whether it be because of the cost or basic accessibility. When students at universities don't have reliable access to nutritional and affordable foods, this is called food insecurity. Specifically at UWF, 30% of students perceive themselves as food insecure and the University of West Florida has created some initiatives in order to address this issue. The Argo Pantry is a student-run food pantry that is used to promote food security through donations of canned and preserved goods. The Community Garden at UWF was created under similar pretenses using the integration of food-producing plants into the surrounding landscapes to improve access to food. The Argo Pantry and the community garden are programs already in place to assist students on the Volunteers at the community garden UWF campus but are not Harvesting lettuce yet at the production level needed to effectively combat the food insecurity problem without additional assistance. Argos' Edible Campus serves as this additional assistance. Edible landscapes create a destigmatized way to provide for students and the community in addition to increasing knowledge on food insecurity and how to confront this issue. Argos' Edible Campus was created to further spread the integration of edible UWF student picking out food from landscapes around campus the Argo Pantry so that it may eventually support food security on the university's campus.
Subject(s): Edible landscapes
Undergraduate Research
Food insecurity
University campuses