Grocery Give & Grab
Signage placed on G3 bins
In spring 2019, Residence Life expanded to hosting a Grocery Give & Grab (G3) program during move-out. G3 was developed to address food insecurity amongst residents. Bins are placed in central Residence Life areas across campus that allow residents to donate unopened, unexpired, nonperishable food. Other residents who may be suffering from food insecurity are encouraged to take any items from the bins that they may need, no questions asked. The first G3 was extremely well-received from students, faculty, and staff. In total, over 340 lbs. of food was collected during move-out and taken to the Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB) to help local families in need.
Similar to Donate, Don’t Dump, G3 had to be modified to keep individuals as safe as possible. A limited number of bins were placed in the most central common areas of residential neighborhoods and were checked regularly for items that did not meet donation criteria. In addition, any food items left in resident rooms that selected the “donation” option for move-out were also collected to take to BVFB. Overall, almost 200 lbs. of food was donated to help others in the Bryan-College Station community.