About Cats' Cupboard
Cats' Cupboard Initiative is a collaborative effort among students, faculty, staff, and community focused on promoting food security at K-State. We provide direct food access through an on-campus food pantry, in addition to education and engagement opportunities. Cats' Cupboard is accessible to all K-State students and employees.
Cats' Cupboard Mission
Providing K-Staters with access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food and support through initiatives that promote health, success, well-being and a food secure future.
Cats' Cupboard Vision
Food is a basic need for health, success and well-being. Dedicated to increasing food security and improving the sustainability of our local food system, we aim to learn alongside, collaborate with, and inspire the K-State community to pursue individual and collective health and well-being.
- WE believe access to nutritious food is a basic human right.
- WE respect the dignity of every human being.
- WE collaborate to effect change and support student success.
- WE practice good stewardship of knowledge and resources.
Evidence of Need
The American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment (NCHA) was administered in early Spring 2022. A total of 10,000 students were randomly selected from those students enrolled for Spring 2022 at the Manhattan campus. The final sample was 1,230 completed surveys for a 12.3% response rate. The ACHA-NCHA included a validated scale measuring food security, the US Household Food Security Module: Six-Item Short Form (2012) from the USDA Economic Research Service.
Data from the NCHA revealed the following regarding K-State students in Spring 2022:
- 60.1% report high or marginal food security
- 25.6% report low food security
- 14.3% report very low food security
In other words, 39.9% or almost 40% of surveyed participants at K-State report food insecurity, consistent with national trends.