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Sac State helps lead CSU effort to address food, housing issues

Mona Siegel Sacramento State is at the forefront of the California State University’s pathbreaking effort to address students’ food and housing insecurities, and the campus was proud to host the 2018 CSU Basic Needs Initiative Conference last week.

A CSU study on unmet basic needs – the first in the nation by a public university system – was unveiled at the conference, and more than 300 attendees from across the state joined in a series of workshops on tackling the problems. A pop-up food pantry offered free fruits and vegetables to students, and Sac State debuted Epicure Extras, a program that makes food left over from catered campus events available at no charge to students.

“I hope you know you’re doing sacred work,” President Robert S. Nelsen said in his welcoming remarks. “That all 23 campuses are represented here says something about the CSU and the heart within the system.”
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