Summer is no break for students with food insecurity
The Summer 2022 Quarterly features a piece on campus programs tackling food insecurity for college students in the summer. Writer Alyssa Goldberg, a student at New York University and a 2022 Mary Christie Institute fellow, interviewed a range of program coordinators about how they aid food-insecure students to get by throughout the year – including two TikTokers who have grown a large following documenting the preparation of homemade meals for local students.
“When North Carolina locals Tom and Rachel Sullivan began cooking to-go meals for a college student in their neighborhood after Covid shut down university dining halls, they didn’t expect a viral TikTok to propel their reach to 14 nearby universities,” writes Goldberg. “Using TikTok to spread awareness, the couple decided to host their first meal over Memorial Day weekend last year. ‘One [student] wrote us the nicest thing about what she was going through and what that meal meant,’ Tom said. ‘And from there, it just grew.’”