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Friday, October 14, 2016

STUDENTS HAVE JOBS & SCHOLARSHIPS, BUT THEY’RE STILL HUNGRY


More than half of the students who reported experiencing hunger during their college years also held paying jobs, received financial aid, and many were enrolled in a meal plan, according to a new national survey. The survey canvassed students at eight community colleges and 26 four-year colleges in 12 states. About 3,800 students responded to the survey. Of those respondents, 26% reported “low food security,” meaning they faced challenges in obtaining quality food. Another 22% had “very low food security,” indicating that they were probably going hungry. Of the food-insecure students, 32% said hunger and housing issues had affected their education. Many did not buy a required textbook, or missed a class, or dropped a class. In addition, (1) 56% of food-insecure students said they have a paying job and (2) 75% said they received financial aid such as grants or loans.

Source: Washington Post, 10/5/16, Hungry Students