First Year Eats


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The First Year Eats program is a part of the Innovation X program, which focuses on breaking down food insecurity on campus. LAUNCH presents the First Year Eats program that allows students to participate in various opportunities to receive food resources such as Crockpot meals, Monday meals, and our FYEats Store with various grocery store items. Today, many people worldwide struggle with hunger and food insecurity due to being financially unable to support their basic needs. We want to eliminate students' thoughts of "where my next meal will come from" as we seek to establish food security. This program strives to provide students in Clements Hall with food to narrow the gap of food insecurity.

Although this program looks a little different at the moment, due to COVID-19, we are doing our best to support our Clements Hall students with many different food resources this semester. The biggest change to our program is the sign-up process. In order for us to efficiently serve students, sign-ups are required for ALL meals. We have implemented sign up times in 15-minute increments to cut down on social interactions as much as possible. Thank you for your patience as we try our best to implement contactless delivery.

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  • Upon arrival, students will scan the QR code and fill out the google form so we know you are at Henderson. Thank you for your patience as we try our best to implement contactless delivery. 

  • Once we receive your entry, we will then send one member of our team to place your items in a plastic bin next to the door. We ask that you remain at the checkpoint as we are doing our best to implement contactless delivery. Once the team member has returned inside, please take your items out of the bin, they will wait for you to take your items and walk away before they go to retrieve and disinfect the bin.  

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  • Monday Meals: The First Year Eats program presents Monday Meals! Students can pick up home-cooked meals every other Monday (12:30 pm-2:30 pm) in a socially distanced area outside of Henderson. Registration is required. 

  • Crock-Pot Meals: FYEats will provide Crock Pot Meals for students in Clements hall available for pick up every other Thursday (12 PM-3 PM), starting September 10th, from the comfort of their cars or in a socially distanced area outside of Henderson. These meals will include pre-portioned out ingredients and the chance to check out a crockpot for a week. Registration is required.

  • FYEats Store: FYEats will provide a store option for students in Clements Hall. Students will sign up to receive the various grocery store items.  Items will vary depending on the theme decided upon each week. 

  • Eggs: Eggs sponsored by MPS Egg Farms available for pick up on every other Monday (2 PM-5 PM),  every other Thursday (12 PM-3 PM). No registration is required.

  • Other 

    • Instagram Live Events: FYEats team will host virtual events to show students how to cook quick, easy, and affordable meals

    • Crock Pot Cooking Videos: FYEats team will create tutorial videos on how to cook different easy crockpot meals. These are pre-recorded videos that we will upload to our Youtube channel.

 

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Office for Student Success First Generation Learning Community students in ACREW, FOCUS or Ignite learning communities are highly encouraged to live in the LAUNCH First Year Eats LLP.  As the Office for Student Success says

Office for Student Success First-Generation Learning Community participants (ACREW, FOCUS, Ignite) are highly encouraged to participate in First Year Eats. It is our belief in the Office for Student Success that participating in First Year Eats, along with a student’s individual learning community, will give them an even greater first year experience. Students will not only get assistance with their academic transition, they will also have access to food, be abreast of proper eating habits, taught important nutritional information, and may participate in food related events weekly.

To join First Year Eats:
  1. Complete your on-campus housing application through the portal.
    1. Before March 1, indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH First Year Eats LLP.*
    2. After March 1, indicate your interest by completing step 2 below. 
  2. Confirm your First Year Eats LLP selections through the LAUNCH form to notify staff that you have completed your housing application for First Year Eats.**
  3. If you have completed your housing application prior to March 1, you will be prompted by the Housing Office to select your room and roommate within First Year Eats LLP prior to April 1. After April 1, all students going into the LLP will be assigned pot-luck within the LLP spaces. 
Once students are placed in First Year Eats LLP, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. 
Students receiving the Brownsville Scholarship are REQUIRED to live with other freshmen in the FIrst Year Eats living-learning program.
  1. Complete your on-campus housing application through the portal.
    1. Before March 1, indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH First Year Eats LLP.*
    2. After March 1, indicate your interest by completing step 2 below. 
  2. Confirm your First Year Eats LLP selections through the LAUNCH form to notify staff that you have completed your housing application for First Year Eats.**
  3. If you have completed your housing application prior to March 1, you will be prompted by the Housing Office to select your room and roommate within First Year Eats LLP prior to April 1. After April 1, all students going into the LLP will be assigned pot-luck within the LLP spaces. 
*Cadets should complete the LC cadet registration to indicate their intention to live with the Corps instead of in First Year Eats.

**If you wish to request an exception to this requirement for any reason, you must do so before May 1. Contact the Brownsville Scholars Program Coordinator for instructions. All Brownsville Scholars will be coded to live in the First Year Eats LLP by LAUNCH if they have not requested to opt-out using the LAUNCH form. ​

Brownsville Scholars have programming provided exclusively for them outside the LLP through their learning community.

Once students are placed in First Year Eats LLP, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. 

Century Scholars are highly encouraged to live with other freshmen in the LAUNCH FIrst Year Eats living-learning program.

  1. Complete your on-campus housing application through the portal.
    1. Before March 1, indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH First Year Eats LLP.*
    2. After March 1, indicate your interest by completing step 2 below. 
  2. Confirm your First Year Eats LLP selections through the LAUNCH form to notify staff that you have completed your housing application for First Year Eats.**
  3. If you have completed your housing application prior to March 1, you will be prompted by the Housing Office to select your room and roommate within First Year Eats LLP prior to April 1. After April 1, all students going into the LLP will be assigned pot-luck within the LLP spaces. 

*Cadets should complete the LC cadet registration to indicate their intention to live with the Corps instead of in First Year Eats. 

Once students are placed in FIrst Year Eats, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. 

Students receiving the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) Aggie Scholars Scholarship are REQUIRED to live with other freshmen in the FIrst Year Eats living-learning program. 
  1. Complete your on-campus housing application through the portal.
    1. Before March 1, indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH First Year Eats LLP.*
    2. After March 1, indicate your interest by completing step 2 below. 
  2. Confirm your First Year Eats LLP selections through the LAUNCH form to notify staff that you have completed your housing application for First Year Eats.**
  3. If you have completed your housing application prior to March 1, you will be prompted by the Housing Office to select your room and roommate within First Year Eats LLP prior to April 1. After April 1, all students going into the LLP will be assigned pot-luck within the LLP spaces. 
*Cadets should complete the LC cadet registration to indicate their intention to live with the Corps instead of in First Year Eats.

**If you wish to request an exception to this requirement for any reason, you must do so before May 1. Contact the GTF Aggie Scholars Program Coordinator for instructions. All GTF Aggie Scholars will be coded to live in the First Year Eats LLP by LAUNCH if they have not requested to opt-out using the LAUNCH form.

GTF Aggie Scholars have programming provided exclusively for them outside the LLP through their learning community.

Once students are placed in First Year Eats LLP, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. 
Regents' Scholarship recipients who are not enrolled in a LAUNCH learning community or an OSS learning community may request to be placed in LAUNCH First Year Eats in order to live with other Regents' Scholars and scholarship students. Space is not guaranteed to Regents' Scholars who are not in LAUNCH but will be allocated if available after all LAUNCH students have received spaces. Spaces will be awarded to LAUNCH LC students first.

To request living in First Year Eats:
  1. Complete your on-campus housing application through the portal.
    1. Before March 1, indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH First Year Eats LLP.*
    2. After March 1, indicate your interest by completing step 2 below. 
  2. Confirm your First Year Eats LLP selections through the LAUNCH form to notify staff that you have completed your housing application for First Year Eats.**
  3. If you have completed your housing application prior to March 1, you will be prompted by the Housing Office to select your room and roommate within First Year Eats LLP prior to April 1. After April 1, all students going into the LLP will be assigned pot-luck within the LLP spaces. 
Regents' Scholars are encouraged to live with other freshmen in the LAUNCH First Year Eats living-learning program to grow their network if they are not required to live with another specific LLP based on their Regents' Scholarship success program placement. This means that if you are a Regents' Scholar but not a part of LAUNCH or OSS programs, you can be part of the LAUNCH family through First Year Eats.  No matter which LAUNCH or OSS learning community your friend is in, you can share your hall experience if space is available. 

Once students are placed in First Year Eats, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply.
Students who are not participants in the Regents' Scholarship program or one of the LAUNCH: Learning Communities or the Office for Student Success First-Generation Learning Communities based on receipt of a specific scholarship generally do not live in First Year Eats. 

Students in this situation may voluntarily request to join a learning community, but spaces are not always available. Joining a learning community should not be done simply to gain access to the residence hall.

Students requesting placement in a learning community commit to completing all requirements of the learning community through the end of the freshman year without the benefit of receiving the associated scholarship. At a minimum this includes registering for the learning community course(s), participating in learning community events, meeting with a peer mentor and/or staff member each semester. Participating as a volunteer in a learning community may also include completing community service hours, tutoring or study group hours, meeting with an academic advisor, or meeting with a faculty member. Joining a learning community should not be done simply to gain access to the residence hall. 

Admission to the learning community is solely at the discretion of the learning community's program coordinator and will not be granted without a compelling reason because this is a true year-long commitment. Please note: some learning communities cannot accept non-scholarship participants because of the way that they are funded.

If you wish to pursue participation in a LAUNCH Learning Community but are not a scholarship recipient or first-generation student, please send your request to lc@tamu.edu for consideration before May 1 and complete the First Year Eats WANT LLP form before May 1. 
Housing Applications are done in phases that are triggered by student action or the housing procedures themselves:  
  1. Apply to live on campus https://reslife.tamu.edu/apply/ including signing the contract and paying an application fee.
  2. Indicate your interest in a Living-Learning Program (LAUNCH First Year Eats, Terry Scholars, or Honors Housing Community) and update your preferences
    1. Before March 1, this is done in the housing portal 
    2. After March 1, this is done by completing the request on the LAUNCH website
  3. Select a room and/or roommate within the LLP
    1. Before April 1, this is an option for students in the housing portal
    2. After April 1, this is no longer an option. Students going into the LLP will be placed pot-luck with other members of the LLP.