If I could describe my college self in one word, it would be “hungry”. The 4-5 years of your college career can be extremely stressful and having to worry about eating a meal other than ramen should not be another stress factor that students have to deal with.


Boise State is doing something to change that. The university is currently developing a plan for a food pantry accessible to students to use to assure them of healthy, nourishing food that will keep their stomachs full and their minds focused.


However, the Communication Department isn’t waiting for the university’s office food pantry to feed their student’s hunger. According to the Boise State website, the Communication department opened the “Snack Shack” just before Thanksgiving, that consists of two shelves filled with a variety of food for the students to take.


Boise State explains the initial need for the food pantry stating:

Jana Hockersmith, a senior majoring in communication, co-founded the Snack Shack with Rebecca Robideaux Tiedge, a lecturer in the department, after Hockersmith conducted a survey that found eight out of 10 students worried about being able to afford food on a monthly basis. A study this year by the Idaho Policy Institute found more than 40 percent of Boise State students have experienced some form of food insecurity, or not knowing where their next meal will come from, during their time on campus.


The Associated Students of Boise State University expects their pantries to open campus wide in February. After raising more that $7,500 in a recent campaign for the campus pantry, ASBSU explains that they will have the cupboards stocked with healthy meal kits and snacks developed by on-campus dietician Marlee Harris.


To donate to this campaign to help keep the pantries stocked with yummy and healthy treats for our Broncos, email Rebecca Robideaux Tiedge at rebeccarobideaux@boisestate.edu.


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