Student Retention and College Life
Skye's work mobilized the campus and community to address hunger issues. Administrators, faculty, staff, students, organizations, and community members donated to the food pantry and volunteers worked in the garden to stock the shelves with fresh produce. Today, the program has distributed over 500 bags of food to hungry students.
While Oregon’s hunger rates have been well documented, there is little research that explains how hunger impacts college student performance and retention. However, as a result of Skye's work, the pantry is collecting information to document the prevalence and impact of hunger on Chemeketa's Salem campus. This work will help Chemeketa understand the challenges students face regarding food insecurity and how to provide better support in these areas.