May 23, 2017

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Thank you to all the staff who responded to the Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA) food security survey and shared their experiences with us. A report detailing the results and providing suggestions on ways you can help staff who may be experiencing food insecurity is now available at bsafoodsecurityreport.pdf. In summary, 37% of the respondents fell into the low and very low food security categories as classified by the US Department of Agriculture during calendar year 2016. Those impacted include policy-covered staff, staff with and without dependents, and staff making upwards of $80,000/year. Because staff need to self-identify, the campus community may not always know who among us is experiencing food insecurity. Therefore, the BSA Governing Council welcomes your ideas on ways to help. Please send any additional suggestions to bsa-admin@berkeley.edu.