Aztecs Rock Hunger supports SDSU students in two important ways.
The proceeds provide the food, including fresh produce, that is distributed at the on-campus A.S. Food Pantry. On average, the A.S. Food Pantry distributes over 100,000 lbs. of food per year. In the 5 years it has existed, the A.S. Food Pantry has been able to serve thousands of students.
Additionally, 20% of the monetary donations goes directly to the SDSU Economic Crisis and Response Team (ECRT), which helps students facing food or housing insecurity, and or other immediate, unforeseen financial crises. Since COVID-19 hit, ECRT went from serving 252 students in the Fall 2019 semester to 1,200 in the Spring 2020 semester.
Help spread the word on social media and through your network. Even if you are unable to donate financially to ARH, spreading the word helps others learn about the importance of this campaign. Please share on social media, make announcements in your classes and meetings and ask your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers all to donate!
If you are a current SDSU student, you can also help raise awareness through the Student Competitions.
Supports the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which fights food insecurity throughout San Diego County through various programs. Before COVID-19, they served on average 370,000 San Diegans every month by distributing food to pantries county-wide. Since March 2020, the San Diego Food Bank has been serving an average of 600,000 San Diegans a month. Also, the San Diego Food Bank provides back-packs full of nutritious food weekly to local schools that have children identified as “food deficient.” This program specifically ensures that these children will have food for the weekend because they might not have other options.
Provides the food for the A.S. Food Pantry, which is in its fifth year of operation and gives out an average of over 100,00 lbs. of food including eggs and produce each year to SDSU students.
20% of monetary donations are allocated to support the Economic Crisis and Response Team (ECRT) which helps students facing food or housing insecurity, and or other immediate, unforeseen financial crisis.
Before COVID-19, the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank served 370,000 San Diegans every month. Since mid-March 2020, the San Diego Food Bank has been serving an average of 600,000 people per month due to the economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of San Diego County’s 3.2 million residents, 475,773 people live in poverty which is 15.2% of the population and with 138,334 being children. That equates to 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children in San Diego.
The food bank serves primarily working poor families. These are families where adults in the household are working, but after they pay for rent, utilities and other bills, there is not much left for food. In addition, they also serve military families, single parent households, and elderly who no longer have an income and social security is not able to cover all their living expenses.
Food insecurity is a term that indicates the state of having little to no access to food at any given time.
Last year, we raised 601,607 pounds of food for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, and in total ARH has raised over 3.3 million pounds since 2010.
SDSU’s Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) aims to bridge the gap in resources for students experiencing immediate food, housing, or unforeseen financial crises that impact student success. Using a holistic approach to well-being, ECRT supports students through crisis by leveraging a campus-wide collaboration that utilizes on and off-campus partnerships and provides direct referrals based on each student’s unique circumstances. ECRT empowers students to identify and access short- and long-term, sustainable solutions in an effort to successfully graduate from SDSU.
The A.S. Food Pantry serves SDSU students facing food insecurity. Now in its fifth year of existence, the A.S. Food Pantry has assisted thousands of SDSU students and provides an average of over 100.000 lbs. of food each year. In addition, the A.S. Food Pantry also serves as a resource for education on various resources for students facing food insecurity.
The A.S. Food Pantry now operates three days per week during the academic year. The Food Pantry is located on the second floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and is a reservation only Drive Up Food Pantry on Fridays. For more information please visit the A.S. Food Pantry.