GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – LEADERCORPS MEMBER SOPHIE SENNING
Meet Sophie Senning, AmeriCorps member at The University of Akron and LeaderCorps member for the SRC, and read about how she’s addressing food insecurity for students and growing UA’s Campus Garden.
To me, service is more than a position. It means being an active part of my community and doing what I can to help those around me. Helping your friend, neighbor, or classmate is all service.
Through serving with the ZipAssist Campus Cupboard, I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students to help address food insecurity on campus. A big part of my service has been helping expand Cupboard programs such as the Campus Cupboard and Campus Community Garden. The Cupboard has a central staffed walk-in location as well as six “grab-n-go” locations around campus for students who don’t have the time or the need to come to our walk-in location. Since starting my service, we have expanded our grab-n-go locations to two more buildings on campus!
I’ve also been able to help with our Campus Garden. Built over summer 2022 in partnership with students from the campus Urban Agriculture club, the garden provides a community space for students with produce going to the Campus Cupboard. In just the Fall semester, we grew over two thousand items of produce!
As the Student Resource Center program’s LeaderCorps member, I am working with the other AmeriCorps members in my program to implement a meal kit service project on their campuses. The project will help address food insecurity by providing a meal kit to students and helping promote awareness of the services offered by their Student Resource Center.