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Food Justice and Equity @ BGSU Steering Committee

The Food Justice and Equity @ BGSU Steering Committee meets to discuss issues surrounding hunger and food insecurity in the BGSU and Bowling Green communities. Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. We work closely with different initiatives and programs on and off campus to link people to helpful resources and create awareness through events and programs for students and community members. Our steering committee is mostly comprised of faculty and staff who represent different areas of the university; however, our meetings are open to anyone. During the Spring 2021 semester, meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday from 8-9am via Zoom.

Meeting dates for Spring 2021:    

        March 25, 2021

        April 15, 2021


Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry is a coordination with Food for Thought in Toledo and visits campus in the Fall and Spring semesters.

The event is open to all students, staff, faculty, or community members. We have fresh produce and nonperishable food as well as tips for eating healthy while on a limited budget. All Mobile Food Pantry events are currently from 2-4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1526 E Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

There are volunteer opportunities on the day of and the day before the mobile pantries. Volunteers are also able to shop the pantry after their scheduled shift.

Pantry dates for Spring 2021:

    Mar 23, 2021         Volunteer at the March pantry

    April 21, 2021 (Wellness Day)   Volunteer at the April Pantry

T-Shirt Bags

The mobile pantry relies on repurposed t-shirts to create reusable grocery bags. You can complete this volunteer event on your own time (each bag takes about 15 minutes) or as a group. If you need flexible service hours or a fun and crafty service event with your organization, please reach out and the BGSU CPI will give you the tools you need (t-shirts, scissors, instructions) to create t-shirt bags.

If you have extra t-shirts, you can donate them to the BGSU CPI (100 University Hall) for other volunteers to make into bags. You can drop off any donations during the week from 8am-5pm.

Learn How to Make a T-shirt Bag Here

Make a Change, One Seed at a Time

The BGSU Community garden is a program through the BGSU Center for Public Impact that has been funded by multiple grants and generous donors. The university advocate Sandra Earle and BGSU CPI director, V Jane Rosser spearheaded this project and have since made it a student run project. The goal with the community garden is to provide free, fresh produce and educational experiences to the BG community.

The garden offers a unique variety of vegetables and herbs that everyone is welcome to harvest and take. Anything that is not harvested in time is then donated to the Brown Bag Food Project. To get involved with the community garden, contact publicimpact@bgsu.

Visit the Community Garden Facebook Page

Purposeful Food Drive

If you or an organization are thinking of hosting a food drive or you just want to make sure your donation is purposeful, please read the handout below about what local pantries need most. If you are interested in hosting a purposeful food drive presentation (roughly 20 minutes) for your organization or group, you can contact the BGSU Center for Public Impact ( to schedule a date.

Click Here for a Food Drive Guide

Host or Fund an Event

Another way to get involved with Food Justice and Equity @ BGSU is to submit a donation. Each mobile pantry costs $250 and feeds between 120-140 students and community members each time it visits campus. Checks can be made payable to BGSU Center for Public Impact.

Spread Awareness

Looking to provide this information to a group or an individual about food insecurity and getting involved?

Download the Food Justice and Equity @ BGSU Informational Handout