Graduate project

Program Evaluation of CSUSM ASI Cougar Pantry

Food insecurity is a public health concern that is affecting college students significantly. Students today find themselves facing financial need that limits their access to food resources. California State University San Marcos has had ongoing efforts to help alleviate the number of students who are food insecure and increases students' opportunities for graduation and financial independence. The current study conducted a program evaluation on the CSUSM ASI Cougar Pantry to identify the strengths and challenges of the program and generate recommendations for making improvements. After analyzing the results, three categories were identified: strengths, challenges, and recommendations. In category one, strengths of the ASI Cougar Pantry, the themes that emerged were people, mission and logistical operations. In category two, challenges of the ASI Cougar Pantry, the themes that emerged were partnerships, lack of space, and COVID-19. In category three, recommendations of the ASI Cougar Pantry, the themes that emerged were quality of food, expansion of operations, and marketing. By identifying the main themes, the research can be used to improve the quality of services and products the pantry provides to its students.

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