Tuesday, July 11, 2017
CAMPUS FOOD PANTRIES EASE HUNGER
A significant number of college students today truly struggle with getting enough food to survive. A spring 2016 survey of 3,765 colleges in 12 states found that 48% of students reported food insecurity, with 22% reporting having “very low” levels of food security. It also found that food insecurity happens in both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, with 25% of community college students and 20% of four-year college and university students qualifying as having very low food security. Today, over 500 colleges are either starting a food pantry or have had one for several years. And a national organization, the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA), has been established to provide information and resources to their growing numbers, including partnering with local hunger relief organizations.