1 in 5 Central Floridians are struggling with the reality of hunger and food insecurity.

Food security is a “complex sustainable development issue, linked to health through malnutrition, but also to sustainable economic development, environment, and trade.”(The World Health Organization). At UCF, we seek to ensure that every member of our UCF community is provided access to local, nutritious foods in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyles. We have the ability to change this reality. Here are some people that are doing something about it.

Providing access to fresh foods.

It is widely accepted that food insecurity does not exist because the world is unable to produce enough food but rather, the leading problem is improper distribution. FreshU is an initiative Arboretum, Wellness and Health Promotion, and Student Health Services that helps UCF students cultivate gardening skills while providing access to fresh produce without cost. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit the Arboretum website.

Health and Wellness.

Understanding the power of knowledge, the staff and the Wellness and Health Promotion Services regularly host cooking demonstrations with the support of Student Health Services to teach students how to prepare healthy, balanced meals. Many of the meals feature produce and vegetables grown on campus in our UCF Arboretum community garden. Because knowledge should be shared, WHPS and the Arboretum have partnered with the Creative School for Children educating our youngest students on the importance of healthy eating and the basics of gardening. To visit the Creative School: Come Grow With Us photo gallery, Click Here