Kheara Zito

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Wildcat Food Rescue is a nonprofit club at Johnson & Wales that collects leftover food produced in the culinary and baking & pastry labs, and transforms them into grab and go meal options for students to take, free of charge. According to advisor Chef Tim Brown, Wildcat Food Rescue benefits food insecure students at Johnson & Wales University who may not have enough money to pay for a full meal plan and commuters who may not have a meal plan or don’t have access to food throughout the day while on campus. The needs assessment was conducted to see if Wildcat Food Rescue truly is helping food insecure students. This assessment measured who is benefiting from the club’s resources and will be used for feedback for future programs. This was accomplished by having students complete a survey with a series of questions asking about their want/need to take food from Wildcat Food Rescue. The goal of the needs assessment was to determine whether Wildcat Food Rescue is benefiting students who suffer from food insecurity, and how as a club Wildcat Food Rescue can increase the number of people they strive to serve.

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Michelle Pearson, M.S., RDN, LDN

Academic Discipline

College of Health & Wellness



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