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College Students Face Hunger, Turn to Free Food

Food banks are for the homeless and out-of-work, right? Contrarily, college students are also turning to food banks to find their next meal.

The rising costs of tuition, housing and textbooks are making it hard for some students to find the extra money for food. Colleges are opening up on-campus food banks, so students don’t have to go to class on an empty stomach.

“We’re here to help students who have to decide between buying textbooks or buying food,” said Laura Pick, coordinator of Oregon State University emergency food pantry.

While in grade school, children have the option of receiving free or reduced-price lunches with the federally-assisted National School Lunch Program. However, once students get to college, they no longer receive this kind of food aid, Pick said.

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