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Hunger Free Campus Task Force

Various campus constituencies work to raise money and design solutions in their areas of operation, resulting in the creation of more low- and no-cost dining options, an expanded food pantry, the Montclair State Campus Community Garden and more.

In 2019, the opportunity for OSHE Hunger-Free Campus designation provided the impetus to bring key stakeholders together to create a task force that would work to eliminate student hunger in a more coordinated manner, as indicated in the vision, mission statement, and member list of the Hunger-Free

Campus Task Force

  • Vision: Food insecurity and hunger will be eliminated at Montclair State University.
  • Mission: To promote a comprehensive and unified approach to achieving food security at Montclair State University through research, education, and engagement.


Member Title
Dawn Soufleris, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life
Fatima deCarvalho, Ed.D Senior Associate Dean of Students
Lauren Dinour, DrPH, RD, CLC Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies;
Food Recovery Network Advisor;
Montclair State University Foodscape Audit 2019 Co-Author
Arian Craig Student Support Case Manager
Christopher Snyder Montclair State University Campus Community Garden Coordinator;
Montclair State University Foodscape Audit 2019 Co-Author
Amy R. Tuininga, Ph.D Director, PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies
Dora Lim Chartwells (Montclair State’s Food Service Provider)
Resident District Manager
James Robinson Director, Auxiliary Services
VACANT Graduate Student
VACANT Undergraduate Student

Meeting Schedule

The task force meets a minimum of three (3) times per academic year.


The task force has established three primary goals.

Goal 1: Serve as an outreach hub, providing an engagement access point for the campus community.

  • Create a strategic plan to reduce hunger and increase food security and participation in food assistance programs.
  • Research best practices as a means to inform the task force of possible new and innovative ways to combat food insecurity.
  • Conduct yearly Montclair State survey on student hunger using the USDA 18-item Household Food Security Survey.

Goal 2: Develop a food security education programming series.

  • Develop food security-related experiential and service-learning opportunities aimed at raising awareness of a broad array of food security issues.
  • Coordinate multiple food security-related engagement activities.

Goal 3: Develop a food security communication plan.

  • Establish a repository of data and information, including food-related resources.
  • Develop a public awareness campaign.

For more information or if you are interested in serving on the Hunger-Free Task Force, please email