Danielle Haynes with Grab and Go bags for students
Grab and Go, Falcon Care nurture student success
“I have a 4-year-old and I would hate for her to be in college one day and need food, only to talk to someone whose hands are tied because of budgetary or resource issues,” said Danielle Haynes, coordinator of student case management in the Office of the Dean of Students.
Haynes spent last summer trying to come up with different ways to accommodate food- insecure students who were struggling to utilize existing resources. She started the University’s Grab and Go program as a summer pilot project and, thanks to her tremendous effort, it has blossomed into a full-time program in the Office of the Dean of Students.
In her daily work, Haynes started noticing that some students were facing food insecurity and she felt inspired to help them find resources. She designed the Grab and Go program to help students receive specific resources that are tailored to their individual needs. The donations are packaged in tote bags provided by the dean of students office, which allows students access to portable donations that they can take off-campus. The Grab and Go bags include: cereal, oatmeal, rice, tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, instant macaroni and cheese, chips, peanut butter, ravioli and a small bag filled with toiletry items.