We recently spoke with Juli Nguyen from the Food Bank run by the Associated Students of the University of California, Santa Barbara (ASUCSB). She told us about “Voices of Hunger,” the Food Bank’s new campaign to raise awareness about student food insecurity.
Please tell us your name and current position with the ASUCSB Food Bank. Please also tell us a little bit about who you are: your year, major, and any other background info you’d like to share.
My name is Juli Nguyen. I am a third-year Economics and Accounting major. I currently hold the Vice Chair position on the Food Bank Committee.
How did you get involved with ASUCSB and the Food Bank?
I first learned about the Food Bank toward the end of my first year. I remember having back-to-back classes and labs one day (back when I was still a bio major), causing me to miss all of the dining commons hours. I was really hungry and, conveniently, didn’t have my wallet on me that day. I knew that there were usually lots of events that offered free food on campus, so I searched for “free food UCSB” and the AS Food Bank popped up! I remember how much the Food Bank felt like home to me, with the comfy sofas and free coffee. I’ve been an avid Food Bank user ever since.