Unseen, unfed: Addressing the stigma

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Brigida Dockus

A student volunteer pours syrup on a person’s plate at the University Place Christian Church on the evening of February 19, 2020.

By Zainab Qureshi, Staff Writer

A big part of the problem of food insecurity has to do with the stigma it carries, especially in a campus setting. The lack of awareness on college campuses combined with the psychological anxieties makes the issue that much more complex.

Jessica Delost, the campus and community connector at University Place Christian Church, feels as though “people are often more open about homelessness than they are about food insecurity.” Delost mentions she’s much more aware of the attendees who have experienced homelessness than those who are food insecure.

Delost often wonders whether the reason she has so many volunteers at the community dinners is because she makes sure they are fed afterward.