Nourishing Minds


Offer Direct Support to Students

Students need regular healthy meals to succeed academically.  

 

“During a one-on-one with a student, they expressed to me how due to financial burdens they have been skipping meals.  They were extremely grateful ... This program has been extremely helpful.” – Thrive Center Cat Coach

Nourishing Minds is an initiative from Arizona Student Unions, and SSRI that allows students to attend brief success programming and receive a hot meal.    It is well documented that the struggle to meet basic needs negatively influences student success and well-being, and the Nourishing Minds initiative works to advance the U of A’s commitment to the health and wellness of our students.

 

Contact nourishingminds@email.arizona.edu for your department to become involved in the program. 


“A student shared that she was very hungry and hadn’t eaten all day today or much of yesterday.  She was happy to go get a meal! Thank you!” –SALT Center Learning Specialist


“The student ran out of money on her meal plan and has been struggling to get meals. I am grateful that we can support students in this way and hopefully this can continue for future semesters.” – THINK TANK Learning Specialist

 Tell them they are not alone.  Studies across the country and at the UA show that this is an increasingly common challenge for college students.  We do have some resources that can help,  and asking for help is a strength!  Please check out the Food Security resources below, and should you need assistance please contact nourishingminds@email.arizona.edu .

 

 

The program is a collaboration between SS&RI, Campus Pantry and the Arizona Student Unions.  

 

Safe and secure housing is important and we can try to help connect you with the right resources.  There are staff that can help, and they are not alone.  

Dean of Students- The Dean of Students, Student Assistance staff help students with a variety of crisis and trauma to be as successful as possible. The staff works to address the needs of students who struggle in such areas as psychological health, physical health, victimization, relationship issues, social adjustment, and academics through a variety of interventions, referrals, and follow up services. Learn More - https://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/student-assistance/family/student-ass...

Fostering Success- Fostering Success is a community on campus to support UA students that have experienced the foster care system, are struggling with homelessness, or lack a natural support system. Learn More fosteringsuccess.arizona.edu  

Campus Pantry – The UA Campus Pantry was created specifically to help Wildcats dealing with food insecurity and lack of regular access to food.  The food pantry does regular distributions and you can reach out to them directly in emergency situations.  Contact Campus Pantry.  

Community Food Bank-  The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona helps Tucsonans without regular access to nutritious food.  Learn more about the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  

SNAP - Nutrition Assistance (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is Arizona’s program for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Learn more about SNAP and apply for SNAP here.  

Dean of Students- The Dean of Students, Student Assistance staff help students with a variety of crisis and trauma to be as successful as possible. The staff works to address the needs of students who struggle in such areas as psychological health, physical health, victimization, relationship issues, social adjustment, and academics through a variety of interventions, referrals, and follow up services. Learn More

Fostering Success- Fostering Success is a community on campus to support UA students that have experienced the foster care system, are struggling with homelessness, or lack a natural support system. Learn More