MSSU receives grant to research student food insecurity

JOPLIN – Missouri Southern State University receives a grant to learn more about food insecurity in students.

The Fahs-Beck Foundation grant gives the University $25,000 to fund research into food insecurity in Missouri college students.

It will look at students’ access to and knowledge of the “SNAP” program, “Do you know what SNAP is? Do you know how to access SNAP? And so really getting a better understanding of SNAP knowledge, SNAP awareness, and food insecurity in this population” says, Andrea Cullers, the director of the MSSU Lion Co-op who will oversee the research.

In the meantime, the Lion Co-op is addressing food insecurity by giving to students in need.

To donate to the Lion Co-Op, email http://lioncoop@mssu.edu. High-demand items include:
• Microwaveable entrees, such as macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, and soups
• Snack foods, such as granola bars, peanut butter, and crackers
• Other food items, such as instant mashed potatoes or jam

• Personal hygiene items, such as toilet paper, deodorant, and body soap

Donations can also be made through the MSSU Foundation. Call 417-625-3104 for details.