At UCSB 48% of our undergraduate students and 31% of our graduate students face food insecurity, meaning that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Students who are food insecure are more likely to be distressed which can affect their health and academic performance negatively. Staff, faculty and TAS are often the first to encounter a student who may be skipping meals and facing a hunger crisis. UCSB operates on a "no wrong door" procedure where staff and faculty are equipped to welcome students and refer them to the most appropriate resources for their needs. Food insecurity can stem from a myriad of issues as a grocery budget can be used on an emergency hospital bill for example, resulting in a student facing a difficult choice of which is a more pressing need when budgeting their expenses.
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